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What Are the Driving Forces of Individuals’ Retirement Savings?



The purpose of this paper is to analyze what factors are driving the retirement savings of European individuals and whether there are marked differences in retirement preparation among a sample of European countries. Our evidence is based on a sample of 6,036 individuals from eight European countries. The results show that although the percentage of savers for retirement varies widely across countries, the driving forces of the decision to save for retirement are quite similar. Thus, this decision is positively related to individuals’ age, financial literacy, household income, and saving habit. In addition, the results suggest that country-level institutional factors also play a crucial role in an individual’s retirement attitudes.

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  • Sara Fernandéz-López & Luis Otero & David Rodeiro & Milagros Vivel, 2010. "What Are the Driving Forces of Individuals’ Retirement Savings?," Czech Journal of Economics and Finance (Finance a uver), Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, vol. 60(3), pages 226-251, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:fau:fauart:v:60:y:2010:i:3:p:226-251

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    1. Teresa H. Bednarczyk & Ilona Skibińska-Fabrowska & Anna Szymańska, 2021. "An Empirical Study on the Financial Preparation for Retirement of the Independent Workers for Profit in Poland," Risks, MDPI, vol. 9(9), pages 1-21, September.
    2. Edyta Marcinkiewicz, 2019. "Voluntary Pensions Development and the Adequacy of the Mandatory Pension System: Is There a Trade-Off?," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 143(2), pages 609-636, June.
    3. Dorota Krupa & Damian Walczak, 2021. "Old-Age Savings Behaviour - Is Gender an Important Factor?," European Research Studies Journal, European Research Studies Journal, vol. 0(2), pages 196-206.

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    retirement savings; financial literacy; Europe;
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    JEL classification:

    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors
    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation


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