Individual welfare gains from deferred life-annuities under stochastic mortality

At the end of the deferment period a deferred annuity’s policyholder can choose between receiving annuity payouts or the capital accumulated. Considering stochastic mortality improvements, the lump-sum option could be of potential value for the policyholder. Whenever mortality improves less than expected at contract inception, the policyholder will choose the lump-sum and buy an annuity at current market prices. Otherwise, he will retain the more favorable deferred annuity. We use a realistically calibrated life-cycle model and calculate the welfare gains of deferred annuities considering stochastic mortality. Our results are relevant for individualretirement planning, pension system design, and insurance pricing.

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