Tax reform and retirement saving incentives: take-up of stakeholder pensions in the UK

Disney, Richard, Emmerson, Carl and Wakefield, Matthew (2010) Tax reform and retirement saving incentives: take-up of stakeholder pensions in the UK. Economica, 77 (306). pp. 213-233. ISSN 00130427

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Abstract

In April 2001, the UK government introduced Stakeholder Pensions – a new private pension arrangement. The reform also changed the structure of tax-relieved pension contribution ceilings, increasing their generosity for lower-earners. We examine the impact of these changes on private pension coverage using individual level data. We use a difference-in-differences strategy with an estimator that is modified to allow for dichotomous outcomes. Contrary to the conventional wisdom that the Stakeholder Pension reforms had little or no impact on saving behaviour, our results indicate that the change to the contribution ceilings affected private pension coverage rates among lower-earners, especially among women.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic theory. Demography
Depositing User: Catrina Hey
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2013 15:50
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2013 15:50
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45187
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