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Health and Retirement Effects in a Collective Consumption Model of Older Households

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  • Aline Bütikofer

    (University of Bern)

  • Arthur Lewbel

    () (Boston College)

  • Shannon Seitz

    (Boston College)

Abstract

Using data on elderly individuals and couples, we estimate a collective model of household consumption of a variety of goods, showing how resources are shared between husband and wife, and how this allocation is affected by retirement and health status. We identify the extent to which shared consumption of some goods by elderly married couples reduces their costs of living relative to living alone. We also identify the fraction of household resources consumed by wives versus husbands, taking this jointness of some consumption into account. The results are relevant for household bargaining models and for a variety of welfare calculations.

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  • Aline Bütikofer & Arthur Lewbel & Shannon Seitz, 2010. "Health and Retirement Effects in a Collective Consumption Model of Older Households," Boston College Working Papers in Economics 767, Boston College Department of Economics, revised 15 Jan 2011.
  • Handle: RePEc:boc:bocoec:767
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    1. Mariacristina De Nardi & Eric French & John Bailey Jones, 2005. "Differential mortality, uncertain medical expenses, and the saving of elderly singles," Working Paper Series WP-05-13, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
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    1. Cherchye, Laurens & De Rock, Bram & Vermeulen, Frederic, 2012. "Economic well-being and poverty among the elderly: An analysis based on a collective consumption model," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 56(6), pages 985-1000.
    2. Denni Tommasi & Alexander Wolf, 2016. "Overcoming Weak Identification in the Estimation of Household Resource Shares," Working Papers ECARES ECARES 2016-12, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
    3. Fabrizio Balli, 2012. "Are Traditional Equivalence Scales Still Useful? A Review and A Possible Answer," Department of Economics University of Siena 656, Department of Economics, University of Siena.

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    Keywords

    Collective household models; Bargaining models; Retirement; Aging; Health; Equivalence scales; Indifference scales; Cost of Living; Consumption; Welfare;

    JEL classification:

    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • D6 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics
    • C30 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - General

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