Optimal annuitization with imperfect information about insolvency risk

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Título: Optimal annuitization with imperfect information about insolvency risk / Hui Li, Seth Neumuller, Casey Rothschild

Autor: Li, Hui

Notas: Sumario: Even the highest-rated life-annuity providers have a nonzero probability of becoming insolvent during an annuitant's retirement, and many potential annuitants are unaware of the state guaranty associations (SGAs) which provide insurance against the associated financial consequences. We study the theoretical implications of insolvency riskreal and perceivedfor annuitization. Then, using a disciplined calibration of annuitant misperceptions in a standard life cycle model, we show that even the modest perceived risk of default associated with highly-rated providers canabsent awareness of the SGAsreduce annuitization and significantly reduce. We further consider the implications of information frictions which prevent retirees from discerning true insolvency risk and we find that these frictions have plausibly large additional quantitative implications for annuitization and welfare. Simulations of our model further suggest that the general lack of awareness of the SGA backstop by potential annuitants can erode a sizable fraction of the potential welfare benefits thereof.

Autores secundários: Neumuller, Seth
Rothschild, Casey

Outras classificações: 6

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