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Does information about the pension system affect knowledge and retirement plans? Evidence from a survey experiment*

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 November 2013

Institute for Social Research (ISF) and Norwegian Social Research (NOVA)
Norwegian Social Research (NOVA) (e-mail:


We present the results of a survey experiment where the treatment group was provided with an information brochure regarding recently implemented changes in the Norwegian pension system, whereas a control group was not. We find that those who received the information are more likely to respond correctly to questions regarding the new pension system. The information effect is larger for those with high education, but only for the most complex aspect of the reform. Despite greater knowledge of the reform in the treatment group, we find no differences between the treatment and control group in their preferences regarding when to retire or whether to combine work and pension uptake.

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We would like to thank Jon Ivar Elstad and Axel West Pedersen for useful comments and suggestions. The research reported in this paper was supported by a grant from the Research Council of Norway (project no. 210446).


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