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Guaranteeing Defined Contribution Pensions: the Option to Buy-Back a Defined Benefit Promise
National Bureau of Economic Research [NBER]Link to more items from this source
Feb. 6, 2002

Working paper available from SSRN.com for $5. Excerpt: [S]ome states have proposed a guarantee mechanism to help protect DC plan participants. One such guarantee takes the form of an option to buy back the DB benefit. This paper develops a theoretical framework to analyze the option design and how employee characteristics influence the option's cost. We illustrate the potential magnitude of these costs with a buy-back option embedded in a recent reform enacted by the state of Florida ...

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