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Means-Tested Income Support, Portfolio Choice and Decumulation in Retirement

We investigate the impact of means tested public income transfers on post-retirement decumulation and portfolio choice using theoretical simulations and panel data on Australian Age Pensioners. Means tested public pension payments in Australia have broad coverage and give insight into the incentive responsiveness of well-off, as well as poorer households. Via numerical solutions to a discrete time, finite horizon dynamic programming problem, we simulate the optimal consumption and portfolio allocation strategies for a retired household subject to assets and income tests. Relative to benchmark, means tested households should optimally decumulate faster early in retirement, and choose more risky portfolios. Panel data tests on inferred wealth for pensioner households show evidence of more rapid spending early in retirement. However they also show that better-off households continue to accumulate, even when facing a steeper implicit tax rate on wealth than applies to poorer households. Wealthier households also hold riskier portfolios. Results from tests for Lorenz dominance of the panel wealth distribution show no decrease in wealth inequality over the five years of the study.

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Paper provided by Quantitative Finance Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney in its series Research Paper Series with number 248.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 01 Apr 2009
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Publication status: Published as: Thorp, S., Hulley, H., McKibbin, R. and Pedersen, A., 2013, "Means-Tested Income Support, Portfolio Choice and Decumulation in Retirement", Economic Record, 89(284), 31-51.
Handle: RePEc:uts:rpaper:248
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