Retirees without annuities in Hong Kong confront longevity and investment risks. Despite these risks, there is very limited uptake of annuities. This study identifies product and consumer characteristics that are associated with the demand for annuities in Hong Kong. We conduct a discrete choice experiment and distribute a consumer survey among two independent representative samples of workers aged between 40 and 64. Results suggest that a fixed monthly income and a 10-year guarantee period are two significant product characteristics, while a bequest motive, being married, and an understanding of the annuity are consumer characteristics that are associated with the demand for annuities. Being presented the optimal hypothetical annuity product, approximately one-third of middle-aged workers choose to annuitize their retirement savings. The findings and methods of this study can be applied for designing annuity products in other contexts.

Annuity, Chinese, demand, middle-aged workers,
Journal of Aging and Social Policy
Erasmus School of Economics

Lee, S.-Y, Chou, K-L, Chan, W.S, & van Kippersluis, J.L.W. (2018). Consumer Preferences and Demand for Annuities: Evidence From Hong Kong. Journal of Aging and Social Policy. doi:10.1080/08959420.2018.1542242