Saving for Retirement: Intention, Context, and Behavior

Hardcover | February 5, 2012

byGordon L. Clark, Kendra Strauss, Janelle Knox-Hayes

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Understanding the ways in which people save for their retirement is an urgent issue. So much has changed in the last 10 to 15 years, especially in the area of the provision of pensions and retirement income. Around the world, greater and greater responsibility is being allocated to individualswhile governments discount their contributions to social security and employers retreat from the provision of supplementary retirement income. This book explores the behavioral revolution and its implications for understanding financial decision-making and saving for the future. Recognizing the profound implications of this research program, it goes beyond issues of risk aversion, framing, and decision-making to consider how socialidentity and the resources due to people by virtue of their place in society figure in savings behavior. It gives considerable attention to the context of the environment in which people make financial decisions, arguing that this allows a better understanding of the coexistence of sophisticationand naivety apparent in patterns of retirement saving. Utilizing databases from the UK, the book provides an empirical foundation to its theoretical arguments, demonstrating how an integrated approach to individual financial decision-making is necessary if we are to address the apparent shortfall in many people's planning for the future. The bookconcludes by setting the agenda for the design, governance, and regulation of pension savings schemes consistent with delivering cost-effective solutions to pension adequacy. In these ways, it sets forth a strategy for rethinking individual behavior as well as the design of retirement incomesystems.

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Understanding the ways in which people save for their retirement is an urgent issue. So much has changed in the last 10 to 15 years, especially in the area of the provision of pensions and retirement income. Around the world, greater and greater responsibility is being allocated to individualswhile governments discount their contributi...

Gordon L Clark, FBA, DSc, also holds a Professorial Fellowship at St Peter's College. Previously Director of the Oxford University Centre for the Environment, his research focuses on global finance and the governance of related institutions as well as the nature and scope of individual retirement saving in the context of market risk an...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.77 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199600856

ISBN - 13:9780199600854

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Environment and Behaviour3. Risk Propensities4. Sophistication, Salience, and Scale5. Being in the Market6. Housing, Retirement Saving, and Risk Aversion7. The Demand for Annuities8. The 'New' Paternalism9. Pension Adequacy and Sustainability