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Title:Should you take a lump-sum or annuitize? : Results from Swiss pension funds PDF Logo
Authors:Bütler, Monika
Teppa, Federica
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:CESifo working papers 1610
Abstract:We use a unique dataset on individual retirement decisions in Swiss pension funds to analyze the choice between an annuity and a lump sum at retirement. Our analysis suggests the existence of an ?acquiescence bias?, meaning that a majority of retirees chooses the standard option offered by the pensions fund or suggested by common practice. Small levels of accumulated pension capital are much more likely to be withdrawn as a lump sum, suggesting a potential moral hazard behavior or a magnitude effect. We hardly find evidence for adverse selection effects in the data. Single men, for example, whose money?s worth of an annuity is considerably below the corresponding value of married men, are not more likely to choose the capital option.
Subjects:occupational pension
lump sum
annuity
choice anomalies
JEL:J26
H55
D91
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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