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Does Front-Loading Taxation Increase Savings? Evidence from Roth 401(k) Introductions
National Bureau of Economic Research [NBER] Link to more items from this source
Dec. 15, 2014
"Using administrative data from eleven companies that added a Roth contribution option to their existing 401(k) plan between 2006 and 2010, we find no evidence that total 401(k) contribution rates differ between employees hired before versus after the Roth introduction, which means that the amount of retirement consumption being purchased by 401(k) contributions increases after the Roth introduction. A survey experiment suggests two behavioral factors play a role in the unresponsiveness of contribution rates to their tax treatment: [1] employee confusion about or neglect of the tax properties of Roth balances and [2] partition dependence."

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