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Private, social and self insurance for longterm care: a political economy analysis

  • De Donder, Philippe
  • Pestieau, Pierre

We study the political determination of the level of social long-term care insurance when voters also choose private insurance and saving amounts. Agents di§er in income, probability of becoming dependent and of receiving family help. Social insurance redistributes across income and risk levels, while private insurance is actuarially fair. The income-to-risk ratio of agents determines whether they prefer social or private insurance. Family support crowds out the demand for both social and, especially, private insurance, as strong prospects of family help drive the demand for private insurance to zero. The availability of private insurance decreases the demand for social insurance but need not decrease its majority chosen level.

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Paper provided by Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) in its series TSE Working Papers with number 11-305.

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Date of creation: Dec 2011
Date of revision: Jun 2014
Handle: RePEc:tse:wpaper:25822
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