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Tax reform and retirement saving incentives: evidence from the introduction of stakeholder pensions in the UK

Disney, R.; Emmerson, C.; Wakefield, M.; (2007) Tax reform and retirement saving incentives: evidence from the introduction of stakeholder pensions in the UK. (IFS Working Papers W07/19). Institute for Fiscal Studies: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Faced with ageing populations, OECD governments are seeking policies to increase individual retirement saving. In April 2001, the UK government introduced Stakeholder Pensions – a low cost retirement saving vehicle. The reform also changed the structure of tax-relieved contribution ceilings, increasing their generosity for lower earning individuals. We examine the impact of these changes on private pension coverage and on contributions to personal pension accounts using individual level micro data. We use a difference-in-differences strategy, and where necessary our estimator is modified to allow for dichotomous outcomes. The results suggest that the change to the contribution ceilings affected both coverage rates and contributions to private pensions among lower earnings individuals, especially among women, and those in couples.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Tax reform and retirement saving incentives: evidence from the introduction of stakeholder pensions in the UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/4093
Language: English
Keywords: E21, G23, H24
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/14985
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