Utility Evaluation of Risk in Retirement Saving Accounts

Edited by James M. Poterba, Joshua Rauh, Steven F. Venti and David A. Wise

in Analyses in the Economics of Aging

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780226902869
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226903217 | DOI:
Utility Evaluation of Risk in Retirement Saving Accounts

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This chapter evaluates the effect of holding a broadly diversified portfolio of common stocks compared to a portfolio of index bonds on the distribution of 401(k) account balances at retirement using stochastic algorithm. It describes the distribution of wealth outcomes for different investment allocation rules and calculates an expected utility measure corresponding to each distribution. This chapter concludes that both approaches to the evaluation of risk can be important and that the appropriateness of each is likely to depend on the specific goal of the evaluation.

Keywords: retirement savings; diversified portfolio; common stocks; index bonds; stochastic algorithm; expected utility measure

Chapter.  16194 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Econometrics and Mathematical Economics

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