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Employer Provided Health Insurance and Retirement Behavior

Alan L. Gustman, Thomas L. Steinmeier

NBER Working Paper No. 4307
Issued in March 1993
NBER Program(s):   LS   AG

This paper analyzes the effects on retirement of employer provided health benefits to workers and retirees. Retiree health benefits delay retirement until age of eligibility, and then accelerate it. With a base case of no retiree health coverage, granting retiree health coverage to all those with employer coverage while working accelerates retirement age by less than one month. Valuing benefits at costs of private health insurance to unaffiliated individuals, rather than at group rates, increases the effect. Ignoring retiree health benefits in retirement models creates only a small bias. Changing health insurance policies has a small effect on retirement.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w4307

Published: Alan L. Gustman & Thomas L. Steinmeier, 1994. "Employer-provided health insurance and retirement behavior," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 48(1), pages 124-140, October. citation courtesy of

 
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