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Financial Literacy, Retirement Preparation and Pension Expectations in the Netherlands

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  • Rob J. Alessie
  • Maarten van Rooij
  • Annamaria Lusardi

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We present new evidence on financial literacy and retirement preparation in the Netherlands based on two surveys conducted before and after the onset of the financial crisis. We document that while financial knowledge did not increase from 2005 to 2010, significantly more individuals planned for their retirement in 2010. At the same time, employees’ expectations about the level of their pension income are high compared to what retirement plans may realistically provide. However, financially knowledgeable employees report lower expected replacement rates and acknowledge higher levels of uncertainty. Moreover using instrumental variables estimates for financial knowledge, we find a positive effect of financial literacy on retirement preparation. Employing the panel feature of our dataset, we show that financial knowledge has a causal impact on retirement planning. Our findings suggest that the formation of pension expectations might be an important mechanism contributing to the impact of financial literacy on planning.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 17109.

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Date of creation: Jun 2011
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Publication status: published as “ Financial Literay, Retirement Preparation and Pension Expectations in the Netherlands, ” joint with Rob A lessie and Maarten van Rooij , Journal of Pension Economics and Finance , October 2011, vol. 10(4), pp. 527 - 545.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:17109

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  1. Maarten van Rooij & Annamaria Lusardi & Rob Alessie, 2009. "Financial Literacy and Retirement Planning in the Netherlands," DNB Working Papers 231, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.
  2. Maarten van Rooij & Clemens Kool & Henri�tte Prast, 2005. "Risk-return preferences in the pension domain: are people able to choose?," DNB Working Papers 025, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.
  3. M.C.J. van Rooij & Annamaria Lusardi & R. Alessie, 2007. "Financial Literacy and Stock Market Participation," Working Papers 07-23, Utrecht School of Economics.
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  1. Xu, Lisa & Zia, Bilal, 2012. "Financial literacy around the world : an overview of the evidence with practical suggestions for the way forward," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6107, The World Bank.

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