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American Economic Review: Vol. 91 No. 1 (March 2001)

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The Effects of Investing Social Security Funds in the Stock Market When Fixed Costs Prevent Some Households from Holding Stocks

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Abel, Andrew B. 2001. "The Effects of Investing Social Security Funds in the Stock Market When Fixed Costs Prevent Some Households from Holding Stocks." American Economic Review, 91(1): 128-148.

DOI: 10.1257/aer.91.1.128

Abstract

With fixed costs of participating in the stock market, consumers with high income will participate in the stock market, but consumers with lower income will not participate. If a fully funded defined-contribution Social Security system tries to exploit the equity premium by selling a dollar of bonds per capita and buying a dollar of equity per capita, consumers who save but do not participate in the stock market will increase their consumption, thereby reducing saving and capital accumulation. Calibration of a general-equilibrium model indicates that this policy could reduce the aggregate capital stock substantially, by about 50 cents per capita.

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Abel, Andrew B. (U PA and NBER)

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H55: Social Security and Public Pensions
D91: Intertemporal Consumer Choice; Life Cycle Models and Saving


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