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Does 'early purchase' improve the willingness to pay for long-term care insurance?

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  • Joan Costa-Font
  • Montserrat Font

Coverage for long-term care insurance (LTCI) is scant. One common reason analysts refer to is individual's myopia in planning insurance well ahead of need. We attempt to test this by empirically eliciting the willingness to pay for a hypothetical long-term care insurance policy at two different periods of time namely: (a) current respondent time and (b) assuming the respondent is 40. We draw upon data from Spain where no insurance was available at the time of the study. We find that on average only one-fifth of the respondents find LTCI a suitable alternative and that interestingly, the willingness to pay does not seem to change significantly when individuals are at an 'optimal' purchasing age. The willingness to pay for LTCI is driven by individual's perceptions of risks conditional on survival instead.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 16 (2009)
Issue (Month): 13 ()
Pages: 1301-1305

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Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:16:y:2009:i:13:p:1301-1305
DOI: 10.1080/13504850701720171
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