The relationship between retirement decisions and health care expenditures in the United States

TitleThe relationship between retirement decisions and health care expenditures in the United States
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsBoyacioglu, SNur
Academic DepartmentPublic Policy and Policy Management
DegreeM.P.P.
Number of Pages35
Date Published04/2016
UniversityGeorgetown University
CityWashington, DC
Thesis TypeThesis
ISBN Number9781339689579
KeywordsDecision making, Income, Medicare/Medicaid/Health Insurance, Older Adults, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction
Abstract

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.

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