|Title||Annuities and Retirement Satisfaction|
|Year of Publication||2003|
|Institution||RAND Labor and Population Program, DRU-3021|
|Keywords||Expectations, Net Worth and Assets, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction|
This paper analyzes pre-retirement expectations and post-retirement satisfaction, in particular their association with the degree to which retirees financial resources are in the form of annuities. Using the 1992-2000 Health and Retirement Study (HRS), we find that most retirees are very satisfied with their overall situation, but the degree of satisfaction varies substantially with retirees characteristics. In particular, people in better health and with more financial resources tend to be more satisfied. Holding constant the present value of retirement resources and other factors, we find that retirees who can finance more of their consumption in retirement from pension annuities (vs. Social Security benefits and accumulated savings) are more satisfied. Retirees with lifelong annuities also tend to maintain their level of satisfaction during retirement, whereas those without tend to become less satisfied over time. We find the very same patterns with alternative depression-related measures of well-being in retirement. The findings have important implications for the well-being of future American retirees, who are increasingly reliant on DC pension plans rather than traditional DB.
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Retirement Expectations/Retirement Wealth/Satisfaction
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