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Saving and investing for early retirement: a theoretical analysis

Farhi, Emmanuel and Panageas, Stavros (2007) Saving and investing for early retirement: a theoretical analysis. Journal of Financial Economics, 83 (1). pp. 87-121. ISSN 0304-405X

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jfineco.2005.10.004


We study optimal consumption and portfolio choice in a framework where investors adjust their labor supply through an irreversible choice of their retirement time. We show that investing for early retirement tends to increase savings and reduce an agent's effective relative risk aversion, thus increasing her stock market exposure. Contrary to common intuition, an investor might find it optimal to increase the proportion of financial wealth held in stocks as she ages and accumulates assets, even when her income and the investment opportunity set are constant. The model predicts a decrease in risk aversion following strong market gains like those observed in the nineties.

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Additional Information: © 2007 Elsevier B. V.
Divisions: Finance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2012 09:25
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:44

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