Brief Annuitized Wealth and Consumption at Older Ages
Barbara Butrica, Gordon B. Mermin
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The growing popularity of Individual Retirement Accounts and defined contribution (DC) pension plans, which generally provide lump sum payments instead of annuities, will likely affect spending at older ages. Retirees with little annuitized wealth risk spending too quickly and depleting their assets before they die, or spending too slowly and not enjoying as comfortable a retirement as they could afford. This study finds that older adults with little annuitized wealth spend more, and implies that the shift from defined benefit pensions to DC pensions or privatizing Social Security without requiring annuitization may promote even further spending of retirement resources.
Research Areas Aging and retirement
Tags Economic well-being Pensions Retirement policy
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center