Exchanging Delayed Social Security Benefits for Lump Sums: Could This Incentivize Longer Work Careers?
AbstractSocial Security benefits are currently provided as a lifelong benefit stream, though some workers would be willing to trade a portion of their annuity streams in exchange for a lump sum amount. This paper explores whether allowing people to receive a lump sum as a payment for delayed retirement rather than as an addition to their lifetime Social Security benefits might induce them to work longer. We model the factors that influence how people trade off a Social Security stream for a lump sum, and we also examine the consequences of such tradeoffs for work, retirement, and life cycle wellbeing. Our base case indicates that workers given the chance to receive their delayed retirement credit as a lump sum payment would boost their average retirement age by l.5-2 years. This will interest policymakers seeking to reform the Social Security system without raising costs or cutting benefits, while enhancing the incentives to delay retirement.
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- Jingjing Chai & Raimond Maurer & Olivia Mitchell & Ralph Rogalla, 2013. "Exchanging Delayed Social Security Benefits For Lump Sums: Could This Incentivize Longer Work Careers?," Discussion Papers 13-009, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.
- Jingjing Chai & Raimond Maurer & Olivia S. Mitchell & Ralph Rogalla, 2013. "Exchanging Delayed Social Security Benefits for Lump Sums: Could This Incentivize Longer Work Careers?," NBER Working Papers 19032, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
- D6 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics
- G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
- G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies
- H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-AGE-2013-04-06 (Economics of Ageing)
- NEP-ALL-2013-04-06 (All new papers)
- NEP-DEM-2013-04-06 (Demographic Economics)
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