Voluntary retirement savings: The case of Australia

Jun Feng

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The shift to defined contribution plans has increased concerns about retirement adequacy for the working population. Different from prior research in countries where retirement savings are voluntary, this study explored the drivers of additional savings within the Australian superannuation system where mandatory savings are in place. Results suggested that age, economic and financial status, and job characteristics are important indicators for voluntary superannuation savings. Affordability, false beliefs, and lack of awareness about retirement savings inhibit participation. Past saving habits and retirement planning positively affect voluntary retirement savings. Joint modelling of pre- and post-tax savings decisions suggested a substitution effect between the two, adding new evidence to the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-18
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Family and Economic Issues
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Consumer economics
  • Mandatory retirement saving system
  • Personal finance
  • Retirement saving behavior
  • Saving plan participation
  • Voluntary retirement savings

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