Hsu, Minchung (2008): Health Insurance, the Social Welfare System and Household Saving.
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This paper studies the factors that can generate the puzzling saving phenomenon in the US: 1) Starr-McCluer (1996) finds that households covered by private health insurance save more than comparable households without coverage, even when controlling for other variables. 2) The asset holding ratio of the insured to the uninsured decreases with increased income level. This paper suggests that institutional factors, in particular, a means-tested social welfare system and an employmentbased health insurance system, can account for the phenomenon. I develop a dynamic equilibrium model, and show that the model economy presents the same saving pattern as in the US and that the empirical finding as in Starr-McCluer (1996) is replicated. Implications for empirical approaches to testing the precautionary saving hypothesis are also provided.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Health Insurance, the Social Welfare System and Household Saving|
|Keywords:||Precautionary Saving, Means-tested Social Welfare, Employment-based Health Insurance.|
|Subjects:||I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty > I38 - Government Policy ; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
D - Microeconomics > D5 - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium > D52 - Incomplete Markets
E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E2 - Consumption, Saving, Production, Investment, Labor Markets, and Informal Economy > E21 - Consumption ; Saving ; Wealth
|Depositing User:||Hsu Minchung|
|Date Deposited:||12. Mar 2010 00:37|
|Last Modified:||02. Mar 2013 04:25|
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