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Changes in Consumption at Retirement: Evidence from Panel Data

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  • Emma Aguila

    (RAND)

  • Orazio Attanasio

    (University College London and Institute for Fiscal Studies, London)

  • Costas Meghir

    (Yale University, University College London, and Institute for Fiscal Studies, London)

Abstract

Previous empirical literature has found a sharp decline in consumption during the first years of retirement, implying that individuals do not save enough for their retirement. This phenomenon is called the retirement consumption puzzle. We find no evidence of the retirement consumption puzzle using panel data from 1980 to 2000. Consumption is defined as nondurable expenditure, a more comprehensive measure than only food used in many of the previous studies. We find that food expenditure declines at retirement, which is consistent with previous studies. © 2011 The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Emma Aguila & Orazio Attanasio & Costas Meghir, 2011. "Changes in Consumption at Retirement: Evidence from Panel Data," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 93(3), pages 1094-1099, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:93:y:2011:i:3:p:1094-1099
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