The Impact of National Health Insurance on Labor Force Participation of Older Men in Taiwan
The labor force participation rates of older men in Taiwan have dropped substantially over the last decade. Previous studies show that the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI) program in 1995 accounts for a decline in female labor force participation. In this paper, we use the difference-in-difference method to evaluate whether the availability of subsidized NHI affects the labor force participation of older men. Our empirical results show a mixed picture. For poorly-educated men, the NHI has a positive and significant effect on their labor force participation, which is inconsistent with the findings for female labor participation. One possible reason is that the employers with no incentive to share the cost of NHI reduced the employment of full-time workers and hired more temporary workers instead. As a result, the labor force participation rates of poorly-educated older men, who are more likely to become temporary workers, have increased. However, the price is the heavy financial burden on Taiwan's government. On the other hand, the labor force participation rate has declined for highly-educated men. The decrease is more significant for men whose wives are not working than for those who are working in the private sector. This implies that the leisure times of husbands and wives may be complementary.
Volume (Year): 7 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 (July)
|Contact details of provider:|| Postal: |
Web page: http://www.jem.org.tw/
More information through EDIRC
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:jec:journl:v:7:y:2011:i:2:p:199-226. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Yi-Ju Su)
If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.
If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.
If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.
Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.