|Title||The relationship between retirement decisions and health care expenditures in the United States|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Academic Department||Public Policy and Policy Management|
|Number of Pages||35|
|Keywords||Decision making, Income, Medicare/Medicaid/Health Insurance, Older Adults, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction|
A substantial literature analyzes the relationship in the U.S. between retirement decisions and health outcomes; however, the relationship between health care costs and retirement has not yet been adequately studied. This paper investigates the association between retirement choices and health care expenditures using data from the U.S. Health and Retirement Study. My analysis shows that retirement status is not predictive of healthcare expenditures. However, I find statistically significant evidence that the overall relationship between healthcare expenditures and retirement status is masked by the fact that this relationship is negative for women but positive for men.