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Self-Directed Pensions: Gender, Risk and Portfolio Choices
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2012 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, ISSN 0347-0520, E-ISSN 1467-9442, Vol. 114, no 3, 705-728 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, I investigate gender differences in financial risk-taking from a new perspective, and I show that gender plays a different role across the risk distribution. To evaluate risk-taking, I exploit portfolio choices following a reform that entitles almost the entire Swedish workforce to choose a risk profile for a part of their public-pension contributions. The novel finding is that portfolio risk does not differ much between the men and women who choose less risky portfolios, while the men who choose risky portfolios take on significantly more risk than do the women who choose risky portfolios. The findings are robust to investors choosing the default alternative, chasing past returns, rebalancing, and different measures of risk-taking.

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2012. Vol. 114, no 3, 705-728 p.
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Financial decision-making, gender differences, risk-taking, social security
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-79666DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9442.2012.01710.xISI: 000311608100002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-79666DiVA: diva2:551097
Available from: 2012-09-10 Created: 2012-09-10 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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