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The ability to pay for long-term care in the Netherlands: a life-cycle perspective

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  • Harry ter Rele

    (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis)

  • Arjen Hussem
  • Casper van Ewijk
  • Albert Wong

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This paper uses synthetic life-cycle paths at the individual level to analyze the distribution of long-term care expenditures in the Netherlands. Using a comprehensive set of administrative data 20,000 synthetic life-cycle paths of household income and long-term care costs are constructed using the nearest neighbor resampling method. We show that the distribution of these costs is less skewed when measured over the life-cycle than on a cross-sectional basis. This may provide an argument for self-insurance by smoothing these costs over the life-cycle. Yet costs are concentrated at older ages, which limits the scope for self-insurance. Furthermore, the paper investigates the relation between long-term care expenditures, household composition, and income over the life-cycle. The expenditures on a lifetime basis from the age of 65 are higher for low income households, and (single) women.

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  • Harry ter Rele & Arjen Hussem & Casper van Ewijk & Albert Wong, 2016. "The ability to pay for long-term care in the Netherlands: a life-cycle perspective," CPB Discussion Paper 321, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
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    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • H53 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Welfare Programs
    • I13 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Insurance, Public and Private

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