The Impact of Retirement Savings Methods on Retiree Satisfaction

TitleThe Impact of Retirement Savings Methods on Retiree Satisfaction
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsAlbanese, Jr., JJ
Academic DepartmentPublic Policy & Policy Management
DegreeMaster of Public Policy
Number of Pages51
UniversityGeorgetown University
Thesis Typephd
ISBN Number9781392076569
Keywords0630:Public policy, Defined-benefit, Defined-contribution, Pension, Public Policy, Retirement, Satisfaction, Savings, Social Sciences

This paper examines the relationship between sources of retirement income and self-reported retirement satisfaction, as well as the role of financial behavior in retirement savings decisions. The changing landscape of private retirement savings, especially the shift from defined-benefit pensions to defined-contribution plans and IRAs, raises the question of which savings method is associated with the best outcomes. Data from the Health and Retirement Survey show retirees who rely on income from employer-sponsored retirement plans report higher retirement satisfaction than those who depend on Social Security benefits, who in turn report higher satisfaction than those who rely on IRAs. Meanwhile, satisfaction among retirees who participate in defined-benefit pensions exceeds that of those who own defined-contribution plans. Data from the Survey of Consumer Finance additionally indicate that those with worse saving habits and greater aversion to financial risk tend to be less likely to participate in defined-contribution plans and tend to have lower retirement incomes.


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