Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/224015
Authors: 
Angelici, Marta
Del Boca, Daniela
Oggero, Noemi
Profeta, Paola
Rossi, Maria Cristina
Villosio, Claudia
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13573
Abstract: 
We explore the role of financial and pension information in increasing women's knowledge and awareness of their future pension status, and consequently, in reducing the gender pension gap. A representative sample of 1249 Italian working women were interviewed to assess their knowledge about pensions and financial issues and about their own savings and personal wealth planned for retirement. The responses showed that their knowledge and awareness of retirement planning was limited. We then ran a randomized experiment to evaluate the effect of increased information regarding pensions on women's awareness, knowledge, and behaviors. Women in the treated group were provided information in the form of three short online tutorials. A follow-up survey shows that these women became more interested and aware of pension schemes and retirement options after completing the tutorials and were more likely to be better informed and keen to obtain further information. When looking at changes in behavior, we find that treated women who are closer to retirement are more likely to believe that they would make different work-life decisions if they received specific pension information in a timely fashion. They are also more likely to have a supplementary pension fund if they are concerned about their standard of living after retirement.
Subjects: 
women
pension
savings
financial education
JEL: 
H31
G51
J22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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