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Health Insurance and Retirement of Married Couples

Citation

Blau, David M. & Gilleskie, Donna B. (2006). Health Insurance and Retirement of Married Couples. Journal of Applied Econometrics, 21(7), 935-953.

Abstract

Most health insurance in the USA is provided by employers until eligibility for public health insurance (Medicare) begins at age 65. Retiring before 65 exposes workers who lack retiree health insurance coverage to the risk of catastrophic medical expenditure. We solve and estimate a dynamic model of the employment behavior of older married couples that includes risky medical expenditure and health insurance. Parameter estimates imply that the risk-reducing feature of health insurance can account for about half of the observed association between retiree health insurance and employment for married men, but can account for only one tenth of the much larger observed association for married women. Policy simulations imply very small effects on employment of changing the age of eligibility for Medicare from 65 to 67.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jae.921

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2006

Journal Title

Journal of Applied Econometrics

Author(s)

Blau, David M.
Gilleskie, Donna B.