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Ahorro para el retiro en Colombia: patrones y determinantes

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  • Guataqui, Juan Carlos


  • García-Suaza, Andrés Felipe


  • Rodríguez-Acosta, Mauricio


La decisión de los individuos acerca del ahorro para el retiro ha sido abordada teóricamente bajo la hipótesis de que el sistema de seguridad social se comporta como un sustituto de otros mecanismos de ahorro. Este documento presenta evidencia de los determinantes y patrones de ahorro para el retiro en Colombia a partir de la Gran Encuesta Integrada de Hogares de 2007. Los resultados muestran que el 63% de los ocupados declaran no ahorrar para su vejez. A partir de modelos de selección discreta se encuentra que individuos jóvenes, de sexo masculino, con menor nivel educativo, que residen en zonas rurales o trabajan como cuenta propia, presentan menores probabilidades de ahorrar para el retiro; además las características socioeconómicas resultan significativas en la determinación del mecanismo de ahorro utilizado.Individual´s decisions regarding their retirement savings has usually been theoretically approached under the hypothesis that the Social Security System works as a substitute to other savings mechanisms. This document presents empirical evidence of the determinants and patterns of savings for retirement using information from the Integrated Household Survey (GEIH 2007). Our results show that 63% of employed individuals actually declare that they are not using any saving mechanism towards their retirements. By using discrete selection models we find that those employed individuals who show lower probabilities of making retirement savings are young ones, with male gender, who live in rural areas, and are self-employed.

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Date of creation: 11 Sep 2009
Handle: RePEc:col:000092:005792
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