Retirement Saving Behavior Associated With Psychological Distress

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Psychological distress correlates with reduced probability of holding retirement accounts and decreasing retirement savings as a share of financial assets.
Psychological distress correlates with reduced probability of holding retirement accounts and decreasing retirement savings as a share of financial assets.

HealthDay News — Mental health, as assessed by psychological distress, is associated with retirement saving behavior, according to a report published online in Health Economics.

Vicki L. Bogan, PhD, from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and Angela R. Fertig, PhD, from the Media Research Institute in Minnetonka, MN, discuss the role of mental health issues in retirement savings.

The authors note that mental health issues have a large and significant impact on saving for retirement. Psychological distress correlates with reduced probability of holding retirement accounts and decreasing retirement savings as a share of financial assets by as much as 24 and 67 percentage points, respectively.

"The magnitude of these effects underscores the importance of employer management policy and government regulation of these accounts to help ensure households have adequate retirement savings," the authors write.

Reference

Bogan VL, Fertig AR. Mental health and retirement savings: confounding issues with compounding interest [published online August 29, 2017]. Health Econ. doi:10.1002/hec.3579



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