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The determinants of annuitization: evidence from Sweden

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  • Hagen, Johannes

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This paper uses unique micro data from a Swedish occupational pension plan to study the determinants of annuitization. The data is merged with national administrative data to create a large data set with rich individual background characteristics. The pension can either be withdrawn as a life annuity or during a fixed number of years with a minimum of five years. Low accumulation of assets is strongly associated with the choice of the 5-year payout. Consistent with the predictions of a life-cycle model, retirees who choose the 5-year payout are in worse health and exhibit higher ex-post mortality rates than annuitants. I also find that the parents of annuitants live longer than the parents of those who choose the 5- year payout. This suggests that individuals form expectations about how long they are likely to live based on the life-span patterns of their parents and take this into account when they decide whether to annuitize or not.

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  • Hagen, Johannes, 2014. "The determinants of annuitization: evidence from Sweden," Working Paper Series, Center for Fiscal Studies 2014:13, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
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    1. Dennis Fredriksen & Christian N. Brinch & Ola L. Vestad, 2017. "Life expectancy and claiming behavior in a flexible pension system," Discussion Papers 859, Statistics Norway, Research Department.
    2. Bütler, Monika & Ramsden, Alma, 2017. "How taxes impact the choice between an annuity and the lump sum at retirement," Economics Working Paper Series 1701, University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science.
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    Keywords

    Annuity puzzle; Longevity insurance; Occupational pension; Adverse selection;

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    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies
    • J32 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Nonwage Labor Costs and Benefits; Retirement Plans; Private Pensions

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