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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

---- Acknowledgements -----

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, Robin Lumsdaine, Alex Michaelides, Olivia Mitchell, Theo Nijman, Sam Schulhofer-Wohl, Pascal St-Amour, Mogens Steffensen, and 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, University of Minnesota, University of New South Wales, University of Technology Sydney, University of Tokyo, University of Utah, Vanderbilt University, the 2011 Netspar International Pension Workshop, the 2011 SED Annual Meeting, the 2011 UBC Summer Finance Conference, the 2011 Conference on Economic Decisionmaking, the 2012 AEA Annual Meeting, the 2012 Utah Winter Finance Conference, the 2012 LAEF Conference on Health and Mortality, the 2012 Wharton Conference on Household Portfolio Choice and Investment Decisions, the 2012 NBER Summer Institute Economics of Household Saving Workshop, the 2012 EFA Annual Meeting, the 2012 Systemic Risk Conference: Economists Meet Neurologists, the 2012 NBER-Oxford Saïd-CFS-EIEF Conference on Household Finance, and the 2012 Q-Group Fall Seminar. 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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