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The Impact of the Growth of Defined Contribution Plans on Bequests (PDF)
Alicia Munnell, Annika Sund&eacute;n, Mauricio Soto and Catherine Taylor, via the Center for Retirement Research, Boston CollegeLink to more items from this source
Aug. 5, 2002
57 pages. Excerpt: This paper explores the shift from [DB to DC] plans and considers how it might affect bequests and thereby consumption and saving. Our hypothesis is that both intended ... and unintended bequests will increase as retirees receive more of their pension benefits as lump sums rather than as annuity payments.... We argue that unintended bequests will rise because people are reluctant to spend accumulated wealth.

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