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Do savings increase in response to salient information about retirement and expected pensions?

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  • Stichnoth, Holger
  • Dolls, Mathias
  • Dörrenberg, Philipp
  • Peichl, Andreas

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How can retirement savings be increased? We explore a unique policy change in the context of the German pension system to study this question. In 2004, pension authorities started to send out annual letters providing information about the pension system and expected pension payments. Using German tax return data, we exploit two discontinuities in the age cutoffs of receiving such a letter to study their effects on private retirement savings.

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  • Stichnoth, Holger & Dolls, Mathias & Dörrenberg, Philipp & Peichl, Andreas, 2017. "Do savings increase in response to salient information about retirement and expected pensions?," VfS Annual Conference 2017 (Vienna): Alternative Structures for Money and Banking 168099, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
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    JEL classification:

    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies
    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies
    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance

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