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Health and Mortality Delta: Assessing the Welfare Cost of Household Insurance Choice

Ralph Koijen, Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh, Motohiro Yogo

NBER Working Paper No. 17325
Issued in August 2011

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This paper is based on work supported under a Netspar research grant. The Health and Retirement Study is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (grant U01-AG009740) and is conducted by the University of Michigan. For comments and discussions, we thank Peter Bossaerts, Jiajia Cui, Frank de Jong, Liran Einav, Michael Gallmeyer, Ben Heijdra, Deborah Lucas, Robin Lumsdaine, Alexander Michaelides, Olivia Mitchell, Theo Nijman, Radek Paluszynski, Sam Schulhofer-Wohl, Kenneth Singleton, Pascal St-Amour, Mogens Steffensen, Mark Warshawsky, and three referees. We also thank seminar participants at APG; Australian National University; Columbia University; Erasmus University; Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Minneapolis; Financial Engines; Georgetown University; Georgia State University; Maastricht University; New York University; Northwestern University; Princeton University; Tilburg University; University of Chicago, Minnesota, New South Wales, Technology Sydney, Tokyo, and Utah; Vanderbilt University; 2011 Netspar International Pension Workshop; 2011 SED Annual Meeting; 2011 UBC Summer Finance Conference; 2011 Conference on Economic Decisionmaking; 2012 AEA Annual Meeting; 2012 Utah Winter Finance Conference; 2012 LAEF Conference on Health and Mortality; 2012 Wharton Conference on Household Portfolio Choice and Investment Decisions; 2012 NBER Summer Institute Economics of Household SavingWorkshop; 2012 EFA Annual Meeting; 2012 Systemic Risk Conference: Economists Meet Neurologists; 2012 NBER-Oxford Saïd-CFS-EIEF Conference on Household Finance; 2012 Q-Group Fall Seminar; 2013 NBER Personal Retirement Challenges Meeting; and 2014 AFA Annual Meeting. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the Federal Reserve System, or the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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