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Life expectancy and old age savings
Mariacristina De Nardi
Eric French
John Bailey Jones
Abstract

Rich people, women, and healthy people live longer. We document that this heterogeneity in life expectancy is large. We use an estimated structural model to assess the impact of life expectancy variation on the elderly’s savings. We find that the differences in life expectancy related to observable factors such as health, gender, and income have large effects on savings, and that these factors contribute by similar amounts. We also show that the risk of outliving one’s expected lifespan has a large effect on the elderly’s saving behavior.


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Mariacristina De Nardi & Eric French & John Bailey Jones, Life expectancy and old age savings, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Working Paper Series WP-08-18, 2009.
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Keywords: Wealth ; Retirement income
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