The Role of Health Insurance in Joint Retirement among Married Couples
Because the near-elderly have high expected medical expenditures, availability of health insurance is an important factor in their retirement decisions. Using Health and Retirement Study data collected in 1992-2002, the authors of this study specifically investigate whether access to employer-provided retiree health insurance for early retirement enabled dual working couples to time their retirement together-a behavior called "joint retirement." They find that when wives had employer-provided retiree health insurance, the likelihood of joint retirement more than doubled. The effect of retiree health insurance on overall employment patterns, in contrast, was modest: estimates indicate that a hypothetical change from universal availability of such insurance to its universal unavailability would have increased employment levels by only two percentage points.
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Volume (Year): 60 (2007)
Issue (Month): 3 (April)
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