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This chapter analyzes the structure of demand for retirement products in Sweden using both aggregate and individual data. We show that all occupational groups except white collar workers are more likely to choose a 5-year withdrawal rather than a life annuity, as are women and those with less education. The result for women possibly reflects the fact that most in the cohort examined qualify for a public a widow’s benefit, available to women born prior to 1945, so the litmus test is still to come. Information on tax deductions indicates that future demand for private annuities will be strong, but it is unclear whether the pattern of taking short-term withdrawals will reverse.
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Date Posted: 07 August 2019