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Retirement Contribution Rate Nudges and Plan Participation: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Jacob Goldin, Tatiana Homonoff and Will Tucker-Ray

American Economic Review, 2017, vol. 107, issue 5, 456-61

Abstract: Simple interventions like changing the default or sending a short message can induce individuals to save more for retirement. However, messages that emphasize high savings rates may increase the amount that savings plan participants save while reducing the total number of plan participants. We study this possibility in the context of a field experiment designed to increase retirement savings by US military service-members. We find that service-members who received a message emphasizing a low contribution rate were more likely to participate in a savings plan than were service-members whose message emphasized a high contribution rate, or no rate at all.

JEL-codes: C93 D14 J26 J45 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.p20171059
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