How does health insurance affect the retirement behavior of women?

TitleHow does health insurance affect the retirement behavior of women?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsKapur, K, Rogowski, J
Date Published2011 Spring
ISSN Number0046-9580
KeywordsDecision making, Female, Health Benefit Plans, Employee, Humans, Male, Models, Econometric, Multivariate Analysis, Pensions, Retirement, Spouses, United States, Women, Working

The availability of health insurance is a crucial factor in the retirement decision. Women are substantially less likely to have health insurance from their own employment. Using the Health and Retirement Study, we examine the role of employer-provided retiree health insurance in the retirement decisions of single women, and women in single-earner and dual-earner couples. We compare the effect of health insurance on female and male retirement. Our results show that retiree health insurance increases retirement for all groups except single men. We find suggestive evidence that the role of health insurance for women hinges on their husbands' labor force status.

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Health insurance/Retirement planning/Employee benefits/Impact analysis/Female employees/Life insurance/health insurance/Investment analysis/personal finance/benefits/compensation/Experiment/theoretical treatment

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Alternate JournalInquiry
Citation Key7669
PubMed ID21634262