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Title:The influence of retiree health benefits on retirement patterns PDF Logo
Authors:Marton, James
Woodbury, Stephen A.
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Upjohn Institute Working Paper 10-163
Abstract:We estimate the effect of employer offers of retiree health benefits (RHBs) on the timing of retirement using a sample of Health and Retirement Study (HRS) men observed over a period of up to 12 years. We hypothesize that the effect of RHBs differs for workers of different ages - a hypothesis we can test now that the main HRS cohort has aged sufficiently. We apply three wellknown panel data estimators and find that, for men in their 50s, RHBs have little or no effect on retirement decisions; however, a substantial effect emerges for men in their early 60s. We use simulations to illustrate how RHBs alter retirement patterns.
Subjects:retirement
health insurance
employee benefits
panel data
JEL:J26
I18
J32
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Upjohn Institute Working Papers, W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

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