Do individuals accept fluctuations in pension income?

Bucher-Koenen, Tabea ; Knebel, Caroline ; Weber, Martin

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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-651852
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2023
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 23-019
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > ABWL u. Bankbetriebslehre (Seniorprofessur) (Weber 2017-)
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Sonstige - Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen
Business School > Finanzmärkte (Bucher-Koenen 2019-)
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: D14 , E21 , G5 , H55 , J14 , J26,
Keywords (English): retirement planning , phased withdrawal plans , annuities , framing
Abstract: How to invest and decumulate wealth during retirement has far-reaching consequences for consumption during retirement. We conduct an online experiment among 2,500 individuals representative of the adult German population. First, we investigate the choice between phased withdrawal plans with varying riskiness resulting in volatile retirement income. We find that 40% of the participants choose some risk and thus, accept fluctuations in retirement income. Second, we analyze the choice between the selected withdrawal plan and a lifelong annuity. Overall 56% of the respondents switch to the annuity. Switching behavior is more prevalent among individuals who chose the risk-free and medium-risk withdrawal plans as compared to the risky plan. Anchoring and fluctuation frames have small and significant effects on plan choice.

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