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The Impact of Longevity Improvements on U.S. Corporate Defined Benefit Pension Plans, John Kiff, Michael Kisser, Mauricio Soto, S. Oppers

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Abstract
This paper provides the first empirical assessment of the impact of life expectancy assumptions on the liabilities of private U.S. defined benefit (DB) pension plans. Using detailed actuarial and financial information provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, we construct a longevity variable for each pension plan and then measure the impact of varying life expectancy assumptions across plans and over time on pension plan liabilities. The results indicate that each additional year of life expectancy increases pension liabilities by about 3 to 4 percent. This effect is not only statistically highly significant but also economically: each year of additional life expectancy would increase private U.S. DB pension plan liabilities by as much as $84 billion
Table Of Contents
Cover; Contents; I: Introduction; II: Related Literature; III: Data; IV: Analysis; A: A Simple Valuation Model; B: Main Results; C: Additional Robustness Checks; V: Conclusion; References; Appendix 1
Language
eng
Literary Form
non fiction
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Description based upon print version of record
Physical Description
1 online resource (35 p.)
Specific Material Designation
remote
Form Of Item
online
Isbn
9781475568097

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