|Title||Institutions and Saving for Retirement: Comparing the United States, Italy, and the Netherlands|
|Publication Type||Book Chapter|
|Year of Publication||2005|
|Authors||Kapteyn, A, Panis, C|
|Book Title||Analyses in the Economics of Aging|
|Publisher||University of Chicago Press|
|Keywords||Consumption and Savings, Methodology|
This paper analyzes retirement saving and portfolio choice in the United States, Italy, and the Netherlands. In addition to relying on public retirement provisions, households prepare for retirement through tax-sheltered and after-tax savings. They may invest these funds in a wide variety of assets, including housing, stocks, bonds, savings accounts, and so on. These asset types differ in their risk, return, and liquidity characteristics as well as in their fiscal treatment. Economic theory postulates that housholds allocate their portfolios according to their risk aversion, time horizon, uncertain out-of-pocket medical expenditures, income risk, informal (family) risk-sharing arrangements, and more. While the literature has tested various parts of the theory, both testing and quantification of the theory are hampered by the fact that some of the major variables do not exhibit sufficient variation within a country to establish their relative importance for portfolio choice, or, more generally, for retirement saving and investment. This paper partially fills that gap by exploring three countries with widely varying institutional arrangements for retirement income.
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Cross Cultural Comparison/Retirement Saving
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