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Stimulating Annuity Markets

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  • Ben J. Heijdra
  • Jochen O. Mierau
  • Timo Trimborn

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We study the short-, medium-, and long-run implications of stimulating annuity markets in a dynamic general-equilibrium overlapping-generations model. We find that beneficial partial-equilibrium effects of stimulating annuity markets are counteracted by negative general-equilibrium repercussions. Balancing the positive partial-equilibrium and negative general-equilibrium forces we show that there exists some intermediate level of annuitization such that long-run welfare is maximized. Studying the transition to the optimal degree of annuitization shows that currently middle-aged individuals stand to gain most from the stimulation of annuity markets.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 4827.

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Date of creation: 2014
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_4827

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Keywords: individual welfare; annuity markets; computable general equilibrium; overlapping generations;

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