Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 21 No. 3 (Summer 2007)


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Are You Sure You're Saving Enough for Retirement?

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Skinner, Jonathan. 2007. "Are You Sure You're Saving Enough for Retirement?" Journal of Economic Perspectives, 21(3): 59-80.

DOI: 10.1257/jep.21.3.59


Many view the soon-to-retire Baby Boomers as woefully unprepared for their golden years, while other economists have taken a more sanguine view of American levels of saving. And if Americans are failures at saving enough for retirement, why are some retirees so happy? The seemingly simple question of "Am I saving enough for retirement?" is apparently not so simple at all. Instead, it touches on a variety of deeper issues in economics, psychology, and health policy. I use the program ESPlanner to present life-cycle retirement wealth targets for a range of incomes and situations typical of American Economic Association members. (Readers are warned that life-cycle retirement wealth targets presented in this paper may lead to feelings of financial inadequacy.)

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