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Mortality Contingent Claims, Health Care, and Social Insurance

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  • Tomas Philipson
  • Gary S. Becker

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This paper analyzes the savings and health care impacts of mortality contingent claims, defined here as income measures, such as annuities and life-insurance, under which earned income is contingent on the length of one's life. The postwar increase in mandatory annuity and life-insurance programs, as well as the rapid increase in life-expectancy, motivates a better understanding of the effects that mortality contingent claims have on resources devoted to life-extension. We analyze the incentives that such claims imply for life-extension when resources may affect mortality endogenously and argue that these incentives dramatically alter the standard conclusions obtained when mortality is treated exogenously.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 5760.

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Date of creation: Sep 1996
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Publication status: published as Journal of Political Economy, Vol.106, no.3 (1996): 550-574.
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  2. Zsolt Becsi, . "Longevity and the Life Cycle," Departmental Working Papers 2001-12, Department of Economics, Louisiana State University.
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