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Do Adult Children Matter?-The Effects Of National Health Insurance On Retirement Behavior: Evidence From Taiwan

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"This paper examines the effect of the 1995 implementation of National Health Insurance (NHI) on retirement behavior in Taiwan. The identification strategy is based on the fact that, in Taiwan, adult children offer significant insurance to elderly parents. The results suggest that NHI had significant effects on retirement among the elderly lacking an adequate traditional "safety net." NHI raised the conditional probability that a male, private sector worker over the age of 51 would retire by more than 60%. However, men with a stronger safety net in the form of adult sons were less responsive to NHI. "("JEL "I18, J14, J26) Copyright (c) 2007 Western Economic Association International.

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  • Hsin-Ling Hsieh, 2008. "Do Adult Children Matter?-The Effects Of National Health Insurance On Retirement Behavior: Evidence From Taiwan," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 26(2), pages 317-334, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:coecpo:v:26:y:2008:i:2:p:317-334
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    1. Juergen Jung & Vinish Shrestha, 2016. "The Affordable Care Act and College Enrollment Decisions," Working Papers 2016-16, Towson University, Department of Economics, revised May 2017.
    2. Jung, Juergen & Hall, Diane M. Harnek & Rhoads, Thomas, 2013. "Does the availability of parental health insurance affect the college enrollment decision of young Americans?," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 32(C), pages 49-65.
    3. An-Chi Tung & Nicole Mun Sim Lai, 2011. "Living arrangements and support for the elderly in Taiwan," Chapters,in: Population Aging and the Generational Economy, chapter 28 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    JEL classification:

    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination
    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies

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