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Self-Control and Saving for Retirement

Andrea Repetto, David I. Laibson, and Jeremy Tobacman


CONSUMERS FACE TWO challenges: making good decisions and sticking
to them. Economists have adopted optimistic assumptions on both
counts. The consumers in mainstream economic models are assumed
both to be exceptionally good decisionmakers and to be able to carry
out their plans. These economic assumptions are dubious, particularly
in regard to saving for retirement.



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