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Towards Understanding Life Cycle Savings of Boundedly Rational Agents: A Model with Feasibility Goals (Revision of DP 2008-14)

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  • Binswanger, J.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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This paper develops a new life cycle model that aims to describe the savings and asset allocation choices of boundedly rational agents. In this model, agents make forward-looking decisions without the requirement of anticipating their actual future decisions. Instead, agents pursue two simple so-called feasibility goals. The first goal entails assuring feasibility of a certain minimum consumption level in a future worst-case scenario. The second concerns feasibility of a certain standard of living in a normal scenario. The feasibility goals framework represents a particularly natural alternative to the standard rational benchmark model. The framework is highly tractable and parsimonious. In particular, it is able to explain important empirical patterns of asset allocation that are puzzling from the point of view of existing models.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2010-138.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:kubcen:2010138

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Keywords: Behavioral economics; bounded rationality; contingent planning; feasibility goals; life cycle saving; portfolio choice;

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  1. Binswanger, Johannes, 2012. "Life cycle saving: Insights from the perspective of bounded rationality," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 56(3), pages 605-623.
  2. Binswanger, Johannes, 2011. "Dynamic decision making with feasibility goals: A procedural-rationality approach," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 78(3), pages 219-228, May.

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