Can Health State-Contingent Assets Enable Greater Survival Rates?
58 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2020
Date Written: June 30, 2020
This study empirically evaluates the relationship between health state-contingent assets and their ability to facilitate greater survival rates. Using transaction-level data from the life settlement market in a quasi-experimental setting, this study finds that wealth in particularly poor states of health leads to a significant increase in survival rates. This relationship is stronger for people in fragile health and those living furthest from hospitals. Improved survival rates are independent from the severity of the disease diagnoses and the social-economic status of the policyholders. These findings provide novel evidence in support of financial solutions aimed at the rising cost of healthcare.
Keywords: G22, G52, I13, I31
JEL Classification: Life Insurance, Life Settlements, Aging, Longevity
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