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Will they take the money and work? An empirical analysis of people's willingness to delay claiming social security benefits for a lump sum

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  • Maurer, Raimond
  • Mitchell, Olivia S.
  • Rogalla, Ralph
  • Schimetschek, Tatjana

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This paper investigates whether exchanging the Social Security delayed retirement credit, currently paid as an increase in lifetime annuity benefits, for a lump sum would induce later claiming and additional work. We show that people would voluntarily claim about half a year later if the lump sum were paid for claiming any time after the Early Retirement Age, and about two-thirds of a year later if the lump sum were paid only for those claiming after their Full Retirement Age. Overall, people will work one-third to one-half of the additional months, compared to the status quo. Those who would currently claim at the youngest ages are likely to be most responsive to the offer of a lump sum benefit.

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  • Maurer, Raimond & Mitchell, Olivia S. & Rogalla, Ralph & Schimetschek, Tatjana, 2015. "Will they take the money and work? An empirical analysis of people's willingness to delay claiming social security benefits for a lump sum," SAFE Working Paper Series 84, Research Center SAFE - Sustainable Architecture for Finance in Europe, Goethe University Frankfurt.
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    Keywords

    annuity; lump sum; social security; delayed retirement; lifetime income; pension;

    JEL classification:

    • D04 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Microeconomic Policy: Formulation; Implementation; Evaluation
    • D01 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance
    • G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies
    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions

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