Skint: Retirement? Financial Hardship and Retirement Planning Behaviors

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This study used data from the 2018 National Financial Capability Study to investigate the association between financial hardship and retirement planning behaviors. Results from logistic regressions showed that respondents with high difficulty making ends meet were more likely to calculate retirement needs and more likely to own a non-employer sponsored retirement plan. The perceived over-indebtedness was positively associated with owning an employer-sponsored account while negatively associated with owning a non-employer-sponsored account. Financial fragility was associated with a lower likelihood of calculating retirement needs and having a retirement account. The results of additional generational analyses revealed that the difficulty making ends meet and the perceived over-indebtedness showed different patterns with retirement planning behavior across three generations. In contrast, financial fragility showed consistent and negative associations with the retirement planning behaviors across generations.

Retirement planning, Financial hardship, Retirement saving, Financial fragility, Financial knowledge, ECONOMIC HARDSHIP, HEALTH, LITERACY, WEALTH, Economics, Family Studies
Fan, L., Stebbins, R., & Kim, K. T. (2021). Skint: Retirement? Financial Hardship and Retirement Planning Behaviors. In Journal of Family and Economic Issues (Vol. 43, Issue 2, pp. 354–367). Springer Science and Business Media LLC.