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Every 401(k) plan sponsor knows the best way to encourage employee contributions is to offer a match, right? But a recent study suggests this might not be the case. James J. Choi (Yale), David Laibson (Harvard) and Brigitte C. Madrian (Harvard) make this startling argument in their paper “$100 Bills on the Sidewalk: Suboptimal Investment in 401k Plans” to be published in The Review of Economics and Statistics.

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