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Flexible Life Annuities

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  • Alexis Direr

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Annuity contracts typically deliver a stream of income at a predetermined level in order to insure against the risk of longevity. This paper explores whether flexible annuities, which give subscribers the possibility to choose between different levels for their annuities, may be welfare enhancing. In the case where agents gradually discover their actual probability of survival, a predetermined and "one-size-fits-all" annuity plan is optimal. If an expenditure risk is added along with the longevity risk, a flexible annuity plan is better even though the consumption path cannot be isolated from uninsured expenses anymore.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 2125.

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Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_2125

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Cited by:
  1. d'Albis, Hippolyte & Etner, Johanna, 2013. "Illiquid Life Annuities," MPRA Paper 50751, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Mathias Kifmann, 2010. "The Design of Pension Pay Out Options When the Health Status during Retirement Is Uncertain," Journal of Public Economic Theory, Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 12(1), pages 127-149, 02.
  3. Moshe A. Milevsky & Thomas S. Salisbury, 2013. "Optimal Retirement Tontines for the 21st Century: With Reference to Mortality Derivatives in 1693," Papers 1307.2824, arXiv.org.

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