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Voluntary pension savings and tax incentives: Evidence from Finland

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  • Jarkko Harju

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This paper studies empirically savers? behavioral responses to the Finnish tax reform of 2005 by using comprehensive panel data. The tax schedule of voluntary pension savings changed from progressive to proportional, changing the saving incentives in different subgroups. The results indicate that the reform altered saving behavior by reducing voluntary pension saving coverage among high income-earners by 4 percentage points and increasing it among low incomeearners by 2 percentage points. The reform also reduced annual saving contributions among high income-earners by over 20 percent. The estimated effects result entirely from the changed saving behavior of men.

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Paper provided by Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT) in its series Working Papers with number 33.

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Date of creation: 25 Jun 2012
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Handle: RePEc:fer:wpaper:33

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Keywords: Voluntary pension savings; tax reform; tax incentives;

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  1. Aki Kangasharju & Joni Hokkanen & Ismo Linnosmaa & Hannu Valtonen, 2012. "Generic substitution policy, prices and market structure: evidence from a quasi-experiment in Finland," Working Papers 35, Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT).

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