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Capital Accumulation and Annuities in an Adverse Selection Economy

Martin S. Eichenbaum, Dan S. Peled

NBER Working Paper No. 2046 (Also Reprint No. r0912)
Issued in October 1986
NBER Program(s):Public Economics

This paper suggests that adverse selection problems in competitive annuity markets can generate quantity constrained equilibria in which some agents whose length of lifetime is uncertain find it advantageous to accumulate capital privately. This occurs despite the higher rates of return on annuities. The welfare properties of these allocations are analyzed. It is shown that the level of capital accumulation is excessive in a Paretian sense. Policies which eliminate this inefficiency are discussed.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w2046

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  • Eichenbaum, Martin S. and Dan S. Peled. "Capital Accumulation and Annuitiesin an Adverse Selection Economy," Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 95, No. 2, April 1987, pp. 334-354. citation courtesy of
  • In The Measurement of Saving, Investment, and Wealth, Robert Lipsey, and Helen Tice, eds. University of Chicago Press: Chicago. 1989.

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