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The effect of providing peer information on retirement savings decisions

Author: John Beshears; National Bureau of Economic Research.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : National Bureau of Economic Research, ©2011.
Series: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 17345.
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We measure how receiving information about coworkers' savings behavior affects recipients' savings choices. Employees of a large company who were not participating in or contributing little to the company's retirement savings plan were sent a simplified enrollment or contribution rate increase form. A randomized subset of forms included information on the fraction of coworkers either participating in or contributing  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Beshears; National Bureau of Economic Research.
OCLC Number: 748279942
Description: 1 online resource (39 pages) : illustrations.
Series Title: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 17345.
Responsibility: John Beshears [and others].

Abstract:

We measure how receiving information about coworkers' savings behavior affects recipients' savings choices. Employees of a large company who were not participating in or contributing little to the company's retirement savings plan were sent a simplified enrollment or contribution rate increase form. A randomized subset of forms included information on the fraction of coworkers either participating in or contributing at least 6% of pay to the plan. We find that peer information increased savings of non-unionized recipients but decreased savings of unionized recipients. Our results highlight the possibilities and limitations of peer information interventions.

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