The brief’s key findings are:
- As an alternative to annuities, retirees could use a portion of their 401(k) assets to delay claiming Social Security, effectively buying more lifetime income.
- To gauge interest in this unfamiliar option, an experiment tested ways to present the bridge, including through an insurance frame or as a default.
- The results show that:
- a substantial minority of participants expressed interest in the bridge; and
- the use of insurance framing and, especially, defaults increased the share of assets allocated to the bridge.
- These results are a first step; future work should examine the impact of a default in a more realistic setting.