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Public Pension Benefits Claiming Behavior: New Evidence from the Japanese Study on Aging and Retirement

  • Shimizutani, Satoshi
  • Oshio, Takashi

This paper explores the public pension claiming behavior of the Japanese. First, we perform financial simulations and estimate the expected utility, depicting the typical patterns of pension benefits over a life cycle. We show that the optimal retirement age depends on the beneficiaries’ mortality risk, discount rate, initial wealth, and risk attitude. Second, we use individual-level data from the Japanese Study on Aging and Retirement to examine empirically the determinants of the take-up timing. We find supportive evidence that most of the factors examined in the simulation are indeed significantly associated with early claiming of pension benefits for wage earners.

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Paper provided by Center for Intergenerational Studies, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University in its series CIS Discussion paper series with number 573.

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Length: 33 p.
Date of creation: Oct 2012
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Handle: RePEc:hit:cisdps:573
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