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How Does Retiree Health Insurance Influence Public Sector Employee Saving?

Robert Clark, Olivia S. Mitchell

NBER Working Paper No. 19511
Issued in October 2013
NBER Program(s):Aging, Health Economics, Labor Studies, Public Economics

Economic theory predicts that employer-provided retiree health insurance benefits crowd-out household wealth accumulation. Nevertheless, there is little research on the impacts of retiree health insurance on wealth accruals, so this paper utilizes a unique data file on three baseline cohorts from the Health and Retirement Study to explore how employer-provided retiree health insurance may influence net household wealth among public sector employees, where retiree healthcare benefits are still quite prevalent. We find that most full-time public sector employees who anticipate receiving employer-provided health insurance coverage in retirement save less than their private sector uncovered counterparts.

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