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Are Americans Saving "Optimally" for Retirement?
National Bureau of Economic Research [NBER]Link to more items from this source
Feb. 4, 2004
Excerpt: Our standard for assessing optimality comes from a life-cycle model that incorporates uncertain lifetimes, uninsurable earnings and medical expenses, progressive taxation, government transfers, and pension and social security benefit functions derived from rich household data.... Ours is the first study to compare, household by household, wealth predictions that arise from a life-cycle model that incorporates earnings histories for a nationally representative sample.

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