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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|September 2016||Do Savings Increase in Response to Salient Information about Retirement and Expected Pensions?|
with Philipp Doerrenberg, Andreas Peichl, Holger Stichnoth: w22684
How can retirement savings be increased? We explore a unique policy change in the context of the German pension system to study this question. As of 2004, the German pension authority started to send out annual letters providing detailed and comprehensible information about the pension system and individual expected pension payments. This reform did not change the level of pensions, but only manipulated the knowledge about and salience of 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. Our results show that the letters increase private retirement savings. The effects are fairly sizable and persistent over several years. We further show that the letter ...
|June 2016||Do Retirement Savings Increase in Response to Information about Retirement and Expected Pensions?|
with Philipp Doerrenberg, Andreas Peichl, Holger Stichnoth
in Social Insurance Programs (Trans-Atlantic Public Economic Seminar, TAPES), Roger Gordon, Andreas Peichl and James Poterba, organizers
|August 2010||Automatic Stabilizers and Economic Crisis: US vs. Europe|
with Clemens Fuest, Andreas Peichl: w16275
This paper analyzes the effectiveness of the tax and transfer systems in the European Union and the US to act as an automatic stabilizer in the current economic crisis. We find that automatic stabilizers absorb 38 per cent of a proportional income shock in the EU, compared to 32 per cent in the US. In the case of an unemployment shock 47 percent of the shock are absorbed in the EU, compared to 34 per cent in the US. This cushioning of disposable income leads to a demand stabilization of up to 30 per cent in the EU and up to 20 per cent in the US. There is large heterogeneity within the EU. Automatic stabilizers in Eastern and Southern Europe are much lower than in Central and Northern European countries. We also investigate whether countries with weak automatic stabilizers have enacted lar...
Published: Dolls, Mathias & Fuest, Clemens & Peichl, Andreas, 2012. "Automatic stabilizers and economic crisis: US vs. Europe," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 96(3), pages 279-294. citation courtesy of