By Lans Bovenberg, Asghar Zaidi, A. Van Soest, Arthur H O Van Soest
Delivering an overview of the longer term learn demanding situations for economists and social scientists referring to inhabitants getting older, pensions, wellbeing and fitness and social care in Europe, this publication examines how medical study grants state-of-the-art facts on source of revenue security and wellbeing and fitness of the aged, and labour markets and older staff.
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Webb and L. Delorme (2006) ‘A New National Retirement Risk Index,’ An Issue in Brief, Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, June, 8. OECD (2008) Improving Financial Education and Awareness on Insurance and Private Pensions (Paris: OECD). Adequacy of Savings for Old Age in Europe 37 Pratt, J. (1995) ‘Forward’ in L. Eeckhoudt and C. Gollier, Risk: Evaluation, Management and Sharing (New York: Harvester Wheatsheaf). K. and A. Seshadri (2007) ‘Children and Household Wealth’, mimeo. K. and A.
Lack of knowledge could be overcome by resorting to financial advice external to the family, but the evidence on planning, again, shows that merely 30% of the US close-to-retirement population have thought about retirement, and that only 18% were able to develop a saving plan and stick to it (Lusardi and Mitchell, 2007a). Not surprisingly, lack of planning is present in the same vulnerable groups that display poor ability to save. Adopting a more pragmatic research strategy. Rather puzzlingly, then, many households manage to plan adequately, even knowing very little about their own finances.
This is at odds with the results found by Munnell et al. (2006), who argue that 43% of households are at Adequacy of Savings for Old Age in Europe 21 risk of not being able to maintain their standard of living in retirement. 3 A different strand of literature – which also provides some evidence on European countries such as Germany, Italy and the UK – studies the ‘consumption drop’: in other words, whether or not consumption falls around the time of retirement, and for what reason. This finding would provide prima facie evidence against the theoretical predictions of the life-cycle model, and could be interpreted as evidence of inadequate retirement saving.