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Retiree Health Insurance and the Labor Force Behavior of Older Men in the 1990s

Citation

Blau, David M. & Gilleskie, Donna B. (2001). Retiree Health Insurance and the Labor Force Behavior of Older Men in the 1990s. Review of Economics and Statistics, 83(1), 64-80.

Abstract

We estimate the impact of employer-provided retiree health insurance (EPRHI) on the labor force transitions of men aged 51 to 62. Data from the Health and Retirement Survey provide detailed and accurate measures of retiree health insurance. Availability of EPRHI increases the rate of exit from employment by two percentage points per year if the individual shares the cost of the insurance with the firm, and by six percentage points if the firm pays the entire cost. The impact of cost-shared EPRHI on the annual rate of labor force exit increases with age, reaching 7.5 percentage points by age 61.

URL

https://www.jstor.org/stable/2646690

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Review of Economics and Statistics

Author(s)

Blau, David M.
Gilleskie, Donna B.

Year Published

2001

Volume Number

83

Issue Number

1

Pages

64-80

Reference ID

1666