Misunderstanding Savings Growth: Implications for Retirement Savings Behavior:

@inproceedings{Mckenzie2011MisunderstandingSG,
  title={Misunderstanding Savings Growth: Implications for Retirement Savings Behavior:},
  author={Craig R. M. Mckenzie and Michael J. Liersch},
  year={2011}
}
Abstract People systematically underestimate exponential growth. This article illustrates this phenomenon, its implications, and some potential interventions in the context of saving for retirement, where savings grow exponentially over long periods of time. Experiment 1 shows that a majority of participants expect savings over 40 years to grow linearly rather than exponentially, leading them to grossly underestimate their account balance at retirement. Experiment 2 demonstrates that this… CONTINUE READING

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