Planning for retirement? The importance of time preferences

TitlePlanning for retirement? The importance of time preferences
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsClark, R, Hammond, R, Khalaf, C, Morrill, M
Series TitleNBER Working Paper Series
Document NumberWorking Paper No. 23501
Date Published06/2017
InstitutionNational Bureau of Economic Research
CityCambridge, MA
KeywordsConsumption and Savings, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction

Ensuring retirement income security is a priority for individuals, employers, and policymakers. Using merged administrative and survey data for public sector workers in North Carolina, we explore how workers’ characteristics and preferences are associated with planning and saving for retirement. We then assess the “quality” of a retirement plan and whether retirement behavior is consistent with these plans. The findings indicate that the way that individuals discount future consumption is associated with the extent of their retirement planning and preparedness. We find that individuals who engage in retirement planning are better prepared to meet their retirement goals upon leaving their career jobs.

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