SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance
Which individuals make active investment decisions in the new Swedish pension system?
() and Anna Westerberg
Abstract: This paper provides a detailed examination of individuals'
active participation in a new public and mandatory defined contribution
pension system. The new pension system was launched in the fall of 2000 and
entitles Sweden's workforce of 4.4 million individuals to invest part of
their individual pension account in mutual funds. Our findings show that
the system is associated with a reversed investment behavior compared with
studies of 401(k) plans; that is, individuals tend to make their own
investment decisions. Contrary to U.S studies, we also find that women and
younger individuals are more likely than men and older individuals to make
an active investment decision.
Keywords: Mutual funds; portfolio choice; pension system; status quo bias; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: G11; G23; H55; (follow links to similar papers)
29 pages, May 7, 2003, Revised August 12, 2003
- This paper is published as:
Engström, Stefan and Anna Westerberg, (2003), 'Which individuals make active investment decisions in the new Swedish pension system?', Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, Vol. 2, No. 3, pages 225-245
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