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Title:Portfolio allocation in the face of a means-tested public pension PDF Logo
Authors:Cobb-Clark, Deborah A.
Hildebrand, Vincent A.
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 4481
Abstract:Is there evidence that households adjust their asset portfolios just prior to retirement in response to a means-tested public pension? We address this question by estimating a system of asset equations constrained to add up to net worth. We find little evidence that in 2006 healthy households or couples responded to the incentives embedded in the means test determining pension eligibility by reallocating their assets. While there are some significant differences in asset portfolios associated with being near the income threshold, being of pensionable age, and being in poor health these differences are often only marginally significant, are not robust across time, and are not clearly consistent with the incentives inherent in the pension eligibility rules. In 2006, any behavioral response to the means test seems to occur among single pensioners in poor health. Comparison with 2002 results suggests the incentives to reallocate assets may have weakened over time.
Subjects:Asset portfolios
means testing
public pension
household wealth
JEL:H30
H31
D31
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20091019305
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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