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Gender Differences In The Valuation Of Employer-Provided Health Insurance

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  • NASSER DANESHVARY
  • TERRENCE M. CLAURETIE

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"We present evidence that accurate estimates of the labor-earning/employer-provided health insurance trade-off must account for two different effects: the heterogeneity of jobs and the endogeneity of health insurance. The size of the trade-off depends on employees' contribution to premiums, health-care needs, and valuation of insurance. We use Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data and instrumental variables/two-stage least squares. On average, workers accept about 16.5% to 20% lower earnings in return for insurance, and married women value insurance by about 3.5 percentage points more than married men, explaining about 3% of the gender-earning differentials. Health insurance does not contribute to the unexplained portion of the gender-pay gap. "("JEL "J3, J7, I1) Copyright 2007 Western Economic Association International.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

Volume (Year): 45 (2007)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 800-816

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ecinqu:v:45:y:2007:i:4:p:800-816

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  1. Mary Riddel & Sonja Kolstoe, 2013. "Heterogeneity in life-duration preferences: Are risky recreationists really more risk loving?," Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Springer, vol. 46(2), pages 191-213, April.

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