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Planning for Retirement? The Importance of Time Preferences

Robert L. Clark, Robert G. Hammond, Christelle Khalaf, Melinda Sandler Morrill

NBER Working Paper No. 23501
Issued in June 2017
NBER Program(s):Program on the Economics of Aging

Ensuring retirement income security is a priority for individuals, employers, and policymakers. Using merged administrative and survey data for public sector workers in North Carolina, we explore how workers’ characteristics and preferences are associated with planning and saving for retirement. We then assess the “quality” of a retirement plan and whether retirement behavior is consistent with these plans. The findings indicate that the way that individuals discount future consumption is associated with the extent of their retirement planning and preparedness. We find that individuals who engage in retirement planning are better prepared to meet their retirement goals upon leaving their career jobs.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w23501

Published: Robert L. Clark & Robert G. Hammond & Christelle Khalaf, 2019. "Planning for Retirement? The Importance of Time Preferences," Journal of Labor Research, vol 40(2), pages 127-150.

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