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NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Heterogeneity in Target-Date Funds: Optimal Risk Taking or Risk Matching?

Pierluigi Balduzzi, Jonathan Reuter

NBER Working Paper No. 17886
Issued in March 2012

---- Acknowledgements -----

The authors thank Ryan Alfred and Brooks Herman of BrightScope for providing them with retirement plan-level data, and Lauren Beaudette and Bianca Werner for excellent research assistance. The authors also thank Jeffrey Brown, Bjarne Astrup Jensen (discussant), Mark Warshawsky (discus- sant), and seminar participants at the 13th Annual Retirement Research Consortium Conference, Boston College, and the 2012 European Finance Association meetings. Corresponding author: Jonathan Reuter, Carroll School of Management, Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, 02467; Tel: (617) 552-2863; Fax: (617) 552-0431; email: reuterj@bc.edu. The research was supported by a grant from the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) as part of the Retirement Research Consortium (RRC). The findings and conclusions expressed are solely those of the authors and do not represent the views of SSA, any agency of the federal government, Boston College, or the National Bureau of Economic Research. An earlier version of this paper was titled "Heterogeneity in Target-Date Funds and the Pension Protection Act of 2006."

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