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The influence of decision costs on investments in Individual Savings Accounts

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This study considers the efficacy of a tax incentivised savings scheme in context of decision making rigidities. Analysis is based on a classical life-cycle model of savings and investment decisions, augmented with a salience cost over participation in Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) currently run in the UK. Calibration results indicate that salience costs help to match the model to observed rates of participation in ISAs. The calibrated model suggests that the price effects of ISAs are insufficient to generate appreciable increases in private sector savings, with or without salience costs. In this context, salience costs have an important influence on the distribution of welfare bene?fits that are delivered by the ISAs scheme.

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  • Dr Justin van de Ven, 2013. "The influence of decision costs on investments in Individual Savings Accounts," National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) Discussion Papers 407, National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
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    JEL classification:

    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • H31 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Household
    • G02 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Behavioral Finance: Underlying Principles

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