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A Laboratory Study of the E?ect of Financial Literacy Training on Retirement Savings

Dina Tasneem, Audrey Azerot, Marine de Montaignac and Jim Engle-Warnick

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Abstract: We report results from an economics experiment that examines the role of ?nancial literacy in retirement savings. In the experiments, participants make decisions in a retirement savings game, in which income during working years is uncertain. Participants are nudged to varying degrees with automatic savings in each period of the game. Some participants receive ?nancial literacy training in the form of training to compute the expected savings needed at retirement to smooth consumption over the entire life cycle. We ?nd evidence that literacy increases savings and improves e?ciency. Our ?nding has implications for choice architecture for retirement savings.

Keywords: Precautionary Savings; Retirement Savings; Life-cycle Model; Dynamic Optimization; Nudge; Financial Literacy; Decision Heuristics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C90 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-07-30
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