Do Individuals Know When They Should Be Saving for a Spouse?
The brief’s key findings are:
- The retirement savings a household needs depends on its total earnings.
- For many dual-earners, only one person has a 401(k), so the question is whether the saver considers the non-saver’s earnings and chooses a higher contribution rate.
- The analysis shows that the 401(k) saver in a dual-earner couple does not have a higher contribution rate than savers in other couples.
- As a result, dual-earners with just one saver end up saving much less of their total household earnings for retirement than other couples.