Do Government Benefits for High Income Retirees Encourage Saving?
AbstractThe Australian Commonwealth government provides a set of benefits to high income older people, which are intended to promote saving for retirement. It has not been established whether this unusual policy is effective. Using illustrative models, it is shown that these benefits may induce some people to save and work more, but they may have the opposite effect on other, more affluent, people. It is unclear which effect dominates. These benefits are likely to have increased Commonwealth government expenditure on affluent older people, accompanied by a reduction in state government expenditure on people with slightly lower incomes.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by School of Economics, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia in its series Economics Working Papers with number wp08-15.
Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 2008
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retirement; saving; incentives; Australia;
Other versions of this item:
- Peter Siminski, 2009. "Do Government Benefits for High Income Retirees Encourage Saving?," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 12(3), pages 247-261.
- D91 - Microeconomics - - Intertemporal Choice - - - Intertemporal Household Choice; Life Cycle Models and Saving
- H31 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Household
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- NEP-AGE-2008-12-01 (Economics of Ageing)
- NEP-ALL-2008-12-01 (All new papers)
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