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Discussing Retirement: Insights from a Qualitative Research Project

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  • Therese Jefferson

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    (Curtin University)

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This paper describes a qualitative research project of thirty interviews with women in Western Australia and summarises the outcomes generated from subsequent data analysis. Three key areas of interest are discussed that add to the existing body of economic research on women’s savings. Firstly, the project’s conclusions emphasise women’s own definitions of savings, their perceptions about their skill in making financial decisions and their ideas about risk and seeking financial advice. Secondly, the project contributes to a greater appreciation of the links between women’s decision-making contexts, processes and outcomes and the ways these affect their future access to economic resources. Thirdly, the research method played an important role in identifying potentially relevant literatures that had not yet been applied to studies of women’s savings. It is concluded that relatively small programs of qualitative research can generate valuable insights into economic research agendas.

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Article provided by Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School in its journal Australian Journal of Labour Economics.

Volume (Year): 10 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 129-145

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Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:10:y:2007:i:2:p:129-145

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Keywords: Household Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty; Intertemporal Consumer Choice; Life Cycle Models and Saving;

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  1. Silvia Jordan & Corinna Treisch, 2010. "The perception of tax concessions in retirement savings decisions," Qualitative Research in Financial Markets, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 2(3), pages 157 - 184, October.

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