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Optimal Portfolio Choice over the Life Cycle with Flexible Work, Endogenous Retirement, and Lifetime Payouts

  • Jingjing Chai
  • Wolfram Horneff
  • Raimond Maurer
  • Olivia S. Mitchell

This paper derives optimal lifecycle asset allocations for consumers who select work hours and retirement ages given uncertain labor income and investment returns. These shocks shape retirement and asset allocation patterns in complex ways: negative labor market shocks and high stock returns influence the young to work less and buy more annuities, and later, to retire early. This flexibility enhances welfare; our model also fits several important empirical stylized facts including the two peaks in retirement rates, the hump-shaped pattern of work hours, the sizeable discontinuity in consumption at retirement, and low annuity take-ups of older households. Copyright 2011, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by European Finance Association in its journal Review of Finance.

Volume (Year): 15 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 875-907

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