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Retirement Consumption and Pension Design

This paper analyzes consumption to evaluate the distributional effects of pension reforms. Using Swedish administrative data, they show that on average, workers who retire earlier consume less while retired and experience larger drops in consumption around retirement.

20. mars 2024

"Interpreted via a theoretical model, these findings imply that reforms incentivizing later retirement incur a substantial consumption smoothing cost. Turning to other features of pension policy, we find that reforms that redistribute based on early-career labor supply would have opposite-signed redistributive effects, while differentiating on wealth may help to target pension benefits toward those who are vulnerable to larger drops in consumption around retirement."