Health Insurance and Precautionary Saving
Posted: 20 Dec 1998
Recent studies stress precautionary motives for saving: with uncertain income and health, households may accumulate wealth to guard against lower consumption in the future. This paper examines the relationship between health insurance and savings, using high-quality data on household finances. The precautionary view predicts higher savings among households without insurance, ceteris paribus. I find that insurance does reduce saving, once the endogeneity of coverage is taken into account.
JEL Classification: E21
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