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Framing Effects in an Employee Savings Scheme: A Non-Parametric Analysis

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  • Kooreman, Peter

    () (Tilburg University)

  • Melenberg, Bertrand

    () (Tilburg University)

  • Prast, Henriëtte M.

    () (Tilburg University)

  • Vellekoop, Nathanaël

    () (Tilburg University)

Abstract

Studies have found evidence that seemingly irrelevant details of an income component such as its label have an effect on how it is used. Using a data set with more than one million employee-month observations, we investigate the role of functional form assumptions and time aggregation in the analysis of these effects. In most cases we find evidence that marginal propensities to save differ across income components. Our analysis reveals a large degree of heterogeneity in savings behavior within the year.

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  • Kooreman, Peter & Melenberg, Bertrand & Prast, Henriëtte M. & Vellekoop, Nathanaël, 2013. "Framing Effects in an Employee Savings Scheme: A Non-Parametric Analysis," IZA Discussion Papers 7154, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    Keywords

    framing effects; labeling effects; employee savings; nonparametric methods; behavioral economics;

    JEL classification:

    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors

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