Menu Close

The Role of Retiree Health Insurance in the Employment Behavior of Older Men

Citation

Blau, David M. & Gilleskie, Donna B. (2003). The Role of Retiree Health Insurance in the Employment Behavior of Older Men. Cambridge, Mass.: National Bureau of Economic Research.

Abstract

We model the employment and medical care decisions of older men who face health risk. The budget constraint incorporates detailed characteristics of health insurance as well as Social Security and private pensions. A man whose health insurance is tied to continued employment with his current employer faces the risk of large medical expenditures in the event of an adverse health shock if he retires before becoming eligible for Medicare at age 65. A man whose employer provides retiree health insurance or who has access to other health insurance not tied to his employment decision (e.g., from his wife) can retire before age 65 without consequences for his health insurance coverage. We use data from the Health and Retirement Survey to estimate the parameters of the model using structural methods. Simulations based on the estimates imply that changes in health insurance, including access and restrictions to retiree health insurance and Medicare have a modest impact on employment behavior among older males.

Notes

NBER Working Paper Series

Reference Type

Book

Book Title

The Role of Retiree Health Insurance in the Employment Behavior of Older Men

Author(s)

Blau, David M.
Gilleskie, Donna B.

Year Published

2003

Publisher

National Bureau of Economic Research

City of Publication

Cambridge, Mass.

Reference ID

2641

Miscellaneous

10100