The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College has released a new Issue in Brief:
“Do Longevity Expectations Influence Retirement Plans?”
By Mashfiqur R. Khan, Matthew S. Rutledge, and April Yanyuan Wu
The brief’s key findings are:
- Workers who think they have excellent chances of living to ages 75 and 85 plan to work longer than those who think their chances are poor.
- These perceptions of life expectancy also influence workers’ actual retirement behavior, though to a lesser degree.
- These results are consistent with the notion that while workers who expect to live longer plan to retire later, actual behavior is influenced by unexpected shocks.