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Replication data for: Annuities and Individual Welfare

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  • Davidoff, Thomas
  • Brown, Jeffrey R.
  • Diamond, Peter A.
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  • Abstract

    Advancing annuity demand theory, we present sufficient conditions for the optimality of full annuitization under market completeness which are substantially less restrictive than those used by Menahem E. Yaari (1965). We examine demand with market incompleteness, finding that positive annuitization remains optimal widely, but complete annuitization does not. How uninsured medical expenses affect demand for illiquid annuities depends critically on the timing of the risk. A new set of calculations with optimal consumption trajectories very different from available annuity income streams still shows a preference for considerable annuitization, suggesting that limited annuity purchases are plausibly due to psychological or behavioral biases.
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    DOI: 10.1257/000282805775014281 (Text)
  • Davidoff, Thomas, Jeffrey R Brown, and Peter A Diamond. “Annuities and Individual Welfare.” American Economic Review 95, no. 5 (November 2005): 1573–90.
    • ID: 10.1257/000282805775014281 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-12-06

Davidoff, Thomas; Brown, Jeffrey R.; Diamond, Peter A. (2005): Replication data for: Annuities and Individual Welfare. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.