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The Geometry of Life Annuities

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  • Kingston, Geoffrey
  • Piggott, John

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Straightforward geometry can be used to explain the role for life annuities in smoothing individual consumption during retirement. In the aggregate, there is a surprising analogy with a standard diagram from trade theory. That diagram takes careful account of the government revenues foregone when there is a move from tariffs to free trade. Here the authors find a similar geometric interpretation of the proceeds from deceased estates which need to be accounted for when comparing a no-annuities economy with its annuitized counterpart. By the same token, there are considerable gains from opening up a market for life annuities, even after deceased estates are taken into account. Copyright 1999 by Blackwell Publishers Ltd and The Victoria University of Manchester

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  • Kingston, Geoffrey & Piggott, John, 1999. "The Geometry of Life Annuities," Manchester School, University of Manchester, vol. 67(2), pages 187-191, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:manchs:v:67:y:1999:i:2:p:187-91
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    1. Fehr, Hans & Habermann, Christian, 2008. "Welfare effects of life annuities: Some clarifications," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 99(1), pages 177-180, April.
    2. Laps, Jochen, 2016. "Fully Funded Social Security Pensions, Lifetime Risk and Income," Annual Conference 2016 (Augsburg): Demographic Change 145587, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
    3. Laps, Jochen, 2015. "Fully Funded Social Security Pensions, Lifetime Risk and Income," Working Papers 0603, University of Heidelberg, Department of Economics.

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