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Preparation for old age in France: The roles of preferences and expectations

Bénédicte Apouey

The Journal of the Economics of Ageing, 2018, vol. 12, issue C, 15-23

Abstract: This article assesses the roles of preferences and expectations on preparation for old age, employing unique data on French individuals aged 50+ . The data do not only contain information on the general feeling to prepare for old age and on specific preparation activities in various domains, but also on risk and time attitudes, family and social altruism, and expected disability and longevity. Half of the sample reports preparing for old age. Future orientation emerges as an important predictor of preparation. While risk attitudes and altruism also matter for preparation, their effect may be less systematic across outcomes than that of general future orientation. Individuals who expect to become disabled or to live longer are more likely to prepare for old age. Policies promoting healthy aging should include messages targeting present-oriented individuals and try to make people more future-oriented.

Keywords: Preparation for old age; Risk aversion; Time preference; Altruism; Expected longevity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 J26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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