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How deep is the annuity market participation puzzle?

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  • Joachim Inkmann
  • Paula Lopes
  • Alexander Michaelides

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Using U.K. microeconomic data, we analyze the empirical determinants of voluntary annuity market demand. We find that annuity market participation increases with financial wealth, life expectancy and education and decreases with other pension income and a possible bequest motive for surviving spouses. We then show that these empirically-motivated determinants of annuity market participation have the same, quantitatively important, e¤ects in a life-cycle model of annuity demand, saving and portfolio choice. Moreover, reasonable preference parameters predict annuity demand levels comparable to the data, thereby questioning the conventional wisdom that limited annuity market participation is a puzzle to be explained.

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Paper provided by London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library in its series LSE Research Online Documents on Economics with number 24488.

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Length: 52 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2007
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Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:24488

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Keywords: Annuities; Portfolio choice; Bequest motive;

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