Employer Provided Health Insurance and Retirement Behavior

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Alan L. Gustman

Dartmouth College - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Thomas L. Steinmeier

Texas Tech University - Department of Economics and Geography

Date Written: March 1993

Abstract

This paper analyzes the effects on retirement of employer provided health benefits to workers and retirees. Retiree health benefits delay retirement until age of eligibility, and then accelerate it. With a base case of no retiree health coverage, granting retiree health coverage to all those with employer coverage while working accelerates retirement age by less than one month. Valuing benefits at costs of private health insurance to unaffiliated individuals, rather than at group rates, increases the effect. Ignoring retiree health benefits in retirement models creates only a small bias. Changing health insurance policies has a small effect on retirement.

Suggested Citation

Gustman, Alan L. and Steinmeier, Thomas L., Employer Provided Health Insurance and Retirement Behavior (March 1993). NBER Working Paper No. w4307, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=478727

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