Article

Pension confusion, uncertainty and trust in Scotland: An empirical analysis

Citation

Webb R, Watson D, Ring P & Bryce C (2014) Pension confusion, uncertainty and trust in Scotland: An empirical analysis. Journal of Social Policy, 43 (3), pp. 595-613. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047279414000051

Abstract
In the context of the new automatic enrolment requirements for all eligible employees to make pension provision for their employees, and the importance of trust in pension provision, this article utilises data from the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, which, in its 2005 wave, asked correspondents specific questions regarding pension provision. We integrate two different empirical approaches in order to achieve a more robust understanding of pension confusion in Scotland. We find that pension confusion is dominated by pension uncertainty and myopia, but these may be reduced for those working in the financial sector. We consider the implications of these findings for the relationship of trust between employers and their employees, as well as for trust in government pension policy more generally.

Journal
Journal of Social Policy: Volume 43, Issue 3

StatusPublished
FundersUniversity of Nottingham
Publication date31/07/2014
Publication date online01/05/2014
Date accepted by journal01/05/2014
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/30372
ISSN0047-2794
eISSN1469-7823