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How Much Do Respondents in the Health and Retirement Study Know About Their Tax-deferred Contribution Plans? A Crosscohort Comparison
Irena Dushi and Marjorie Honig
WP 2008-201

  • As employer-provided defined benefit pensions are replaced by voluntary contribution plans, it is increasingly important that employees understand the link between their annual contribution decisions and their post-retirement wealth.
  • Health and Retirement Study respondents in 2004 were more knowledgeable about whether they were included in defined contribution pension plans than HRS respondents in 1992.
  • However, respondents in both years who had defined contribution plans were uncertain about whether they had contributed to their plans during the year.
  • Respondents in both years also significantly overestimated their annual contributions.