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Manufacturing Firms' Decisions Regarding Retiree Health Insurance

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  • Patricia H Born
  • Alice M Zawacki

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This study analyzes the firm’s decision to offer and contribute to retiree health insurance. We apply a binomial probit model and an interval regression model to analyze the likelihood of offering and the proportion of costs contributed by the firm. Our findings indicate that while firm characteristics affect the probability that a firm offers retiree health insurance, financial performance and alternative insurance options significantly affect the firm’s generosity towards its cost. This study expands on previous research by including potentially important policy-related measures to the more limited set of firm and workforce characteristics that have been typically employed.

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Paper provided by Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau in its series Working Papers with number 03-14.

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Date of creation: Jun 2003
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Handle: RePEc:cen:wpaper:03-14

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Keywords: CES; economic; research; micro; data; microdata; chief; economist;

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  1. Born, Patricia H, 2001. "Insurer Profitability in Different Regulatory and Legal Environments," Journal of Regulatory Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 19(3), pages 211-37, July.
  2. Gruber, Jonathan & Madrian, Brigitte C, 1995. "Health-Insurance Availability and the Retirement Decision," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 85(4), pages 938-48, September.
  3. Thomas C. Buchmueller & John DiNardo & Robert G. Valletta, 2002. "Union effects on health insurance provision and coverage in the United States," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 55(4), pages 610-627, July.
  4. Lynn A. Karoly & Jeannette A. Rogowski, 1994. "The effect of access to post-retirement health insurance on the decision to retire early," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 48(1), pages 103-123, October.
  5. Deborah Chollet & Adele Kirk, 2001. "Medigap Insurance Markets: Structure, Change, and Implications for Medicare," Mathematica Policy Research Reports, Mathematica Policy Research 3302, Mathematica Policy Research.
  6. Alan L. Gustman & Thomas L. Steinmeier, 1994. "Employer-provided health insurance and retirement behavior," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 48(1), pages 124-140, October.
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Cited by:
  1. Rosemary Hyson & Alice Zawacki, 2008. "Health-Related Research Using Confidential U.S. Census Bureau Data," Working Papers, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau 08-21, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.
  2. Alice Zawacki & Christine Eibner & Elaine Zimmerman, 2009. "Older Workers’ Access to Employer-Sponsored Retiree Health Insurance, 2000–2006," Journal of Labor Research, Springer, Springer, vol. 30(4), pages 350-364, December.

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