Retiree Health Insurance and Disengagement from a Career Job

TitleRetiree Health Insurance and Disengagement from a Career Job
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsRobinson, CA, Clark, R
JournalJournal of Labor Research
Call Numbernewpubs20101012_Robinson.pdf
KeywordsEmployment and Labor Force, Medicare/Medicaid/Health Insurance, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction

Over the past two decades the prevalence of partial/phased retirements has increased dramatically, redefining retirement and the way in which retirement benefits are evaluated. Specifically the effect of retirement benefits on the transition away from a state of career employment has become the primary issue of interest. This study uses data obtained from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and the Rand HRS files, to examine the relationship between access to retiree health insurance (RHI) and the decision to leave one s career job. We employ a Cox Proportional Hazard Model to estimate how RHI affects the probability that an individual disengages from their career job, given they have not yet done so. Results indicate that those with access to RHI are 21 more likely to leave their career employer in all time periods than similar individuals without RHI. Several robustness tests including stratified estimation and propensity score matching are performed and no evidence of bias is detected.

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retirement Planning/health Insurance/labor Force Participation

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Citation Key7498