The Influence of Retiree Health Benefits on Retirement Patterns
AbstractWe estimate the effect of employer offers of retiree health benefits (RHBs) on the timing of retirement using a sample of Health and Retirement Study (HRS) men observed over a period of up to 12 years. We hypothesize that the effect of RHBs differs for workers of different ages—a hypothesis we can test now that the main HRS cohort has aged sufficiently. We apply three wellknown panel data estimators and find that, for men in their 50s, RHBs have little or no effect on retirement decisions; however, a substantial effect emerges for men in their early 60s. We use simulations to illustrate how RHBs alter retirement patterns.
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Retirement; Health Insurance; Employee Benefits; Panel Data;
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- J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies
- I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
- D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance
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- NEP-AGE-2010-04-17 (Economics of Ageing)
- NEP-ALL-2010-04-17 (All new papers)
- NEP-HEA-2010-04-17 (Health Economics)
- NEP-IAS-2010-04-17 (Insurance Economics)
- NEP-LAB-2010-04-17 (Labour Economics)
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