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Cognitive Ability, Expectations, and Beliefs about the Future: Psychological Influences on Retirement Decisions
Andrew Parker, Leandro Carvalho and Susann Rohwedder
WP 2013-298

Examining American Life Panel (ALP) data on psychological influences on retirement data, we found that:

  • Those with high levels of cognitive ability are more likely to retire later.
  • Those with greater cognitive ability have more coherent expectations of retirement—suggesting a need for planning assistance to those with less cognitive ability.
  • Those with greater longevity expectations are likely to retire later.
  • Expectation of reduction in Social Security benefits is associated with plans to retire later.