Retirement plan type and employee mobility: The role of selection

Gopi Shah Goda, Damon Jones, Colleen Flaherty Manchester

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Relative to defined benefit (DB) plans, defined contribution (DC) plans have been linked to greater employee mobility. Because employees with different underlying mobility tendencies may sort across plans or firms, the relationship between plan type and mobility may be due to selection. We identify the role of selection by exploiting a natural experiment at an employer, in which the transition fromaDBto aDCpension planwas affected by default rules.Using the default assignment as a source of exogenous variation in plan enrollment, we find that employees with higher mobility tendencies self-select into the DC plan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)654-679
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Human Resources
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

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