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“Welfare Gains and Annuities Demand”

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  • Sanchez-Romero, Miguel

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    (Departamento de Análisis Económico (Teoría e Historia Económica). Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.)

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This paper extends the annuity demand theory, giving new reasons for the small annuities demand. Regarding this problem, Yaari (1965) claims, under the condition that no one can die in debt, that a selfish consumer will fully annuitized her savings, insofar as annuity asset yield dominate conventional assets yield. However, we demonstrated mathematically that, in a standard life-cycle model, when borrowings are unconstrained and financial markets are complete, a selfish consumer may prefer not to annuitize her savings. In addition, we analyze the desire to purchase annuities according to the risk aversion coefficient and wealth composition.

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Paper provided by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), Department of Economic Analysis (Economic Theory and Economic History) in its series Working Papers in Economic Theory with number 2005/02.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2005
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Handle: RePEc:uam:wpaper:200502

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Keywords: Annuities Demand; Complete Markets; Myopic-selfish Behavior; Life-cycle Model;

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  1. Sanchez-Romero, Miguel, 2006. "“Demand for Private Annuities and Social Security: Consequences to Individual Wealth”," Working Papers in Economic Theory 2006/07, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), Department of Economic Analysis (Economic Theory and Economic History).

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