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Pension Benefit Insurance and Pension Plan Portfolio Choice

  • Thomas Crossley

    (Koç University, and University of Cambridge and Institute for Fiscal Studies, Cambridge)

  • Mario Jametti

    (University of Lugano, Switzerland, and CESifo)

Pension benefit guarantees have been introduced in several countries to protect private plan members from the loss of income associated with the termination of an underfunded plan. Most such schemes face financial difficulty. Consequently, policy reforms are being contemplated. Economic theory suggests that such schemes will suffer moral hazard problems. We test a specific theoretical prediction: insured plans will invest more heavily in risky assets. Our test exploits policy differences across Canadian jurisdictions. We find that insured plans invest about 5% more in equities than do similar plans without benefit guarantees. © 2013 The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Review of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): 95 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 337-341

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Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:95:y:2013:i:1:p:337-341
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