Dissaving After Retirement: Testing the Pure Life Cycle Hypothesis
AbstractIn this paper, we examine several aspects of saving and dissaving after retirement. First, we argue that existing evidence on bequeathable age-wealth profiles is suspect, and provide new evidence based on longitudinal data indicating that significant dissaving may occur,particularly among single individuals and early retirees. Second, we argue that, in the presence of annuities, estimates of dissaving should be adjusted by including the simple discounted value of benefits in total wealth. Such adjustments reveal relatively little dissaving among any group of retirees. Finally, we test the pure life cycle hypothesis by observing the behavioral response of rates of accumulation to involuntary annuitization, and find empirical refutation of life cycle implications.
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Date of creation: Nov 1987
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Publication status: published as B. Douglas Bernheim. "Dissaving after Retirement: Testing the Pure Life Cycle Hypothesis ," in Zvi Bodie, John B. Shoven, and David A. Wise, eds., "Issues in Pension Economics" University of Chicago Press (1987)
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- B. Douglas Bernheim, 1987. "Dissaving after Retirement: Testing the Pure Life Cycle Hypothesis," NBER Chapters, in: Issues in Pension Economics, pages 237-280 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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