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Assessing the Effectiveness of Saving Incentives

R. Glenn Hubbard, Jonathan S. Skinner

NBER Working Paper No. 5686 (Also Reprint No. r2105)
Issued in July 1996
NBER Program(s):   PE

In this paper, we argue that there is more to be learned from recent research on the effectiveness of targeted saving incentives than is suggested by the wide variation in empirical estimates. First, we conclude that characterizations of saving appear to stimulate moderate amounts of new saving. Second, we suggest a cost-benefit approach to ask: What is the incremental gain in capital accumulation per dollar of foregone revenue? We find that for quite conservative measures of the saving impacts of IRAs or 401(k)s, the incremental gains in capital accumulation per dollar of lost revenue are large

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w5686

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  • Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 73-90, Fall 1996. ,
  • R. Glenn Hubbard & Jonathan S. Skinner, 2009. "Assessing the Effectiveness of Savings Incentives," Books, American Enterprise Institute, number 24067, 9.

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