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Optimal Portfolio Choice over the Life-Cycle with Flexible Work, Endogenous Retirement, and Lifetime Payouts

Jingjing Chai, Wolfram Horneff, Raimond Maurer and Olivia Mitchell
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Jingjing Chai: Goethe University
Wolfram Horneff: Goethe University
Raimond Maurer: Goethe University

Working Papers from University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, Weiss Center

Abstract: We derive optimal life-cycle asset allocations for a consumer who selects hours of work and retirement age, given uncertain labor income and investment returns. Shocks in labor income and capital markets interact to influence retirement and asset allocation patterns in complex ways. When workers can adjust work hours and retirement flexibly, and they also have access to lifetime payout markets, they will respond to negative labor market shocks and high stock returns by working less while young, buying more annuities, and retiring early; this flexibility enhances welfare. Further, our model is able to fit several important empirical stylized facts, such as the two peaks in retirement rates, the hump-shaped pattern of work hours, the sizeable discontinuity in consumption at retirement, and the low annuity take-ups of older households.

JEL-codes: D11 G22 G23 J26 J32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-05
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