How does health insurance affect the retirement Behavior of women?

Kanika Kapur, Jeannette Rogowski

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Abstract

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 employerprovided 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-67
Number of pages17
JournalInquiry
Volume48
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Policy

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