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Life Insurance Holdings and Well-Being of Surviving Spouses

Harris, Timothy and Yelowitz, Aaron (2016): Life Insurance Holdings and Well-Being of Surviving Spouses.


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Premature death of a breadwinner can have devastating financial consequences on surviving dependents. This study investigates the role of life insurance in mitigating the long-run �financial consequences of spousal mortality. Using the Health and Retirement Study, we examine individuals whose spouses died during or soon after his or her peak earnings years. Using an instrumental variables approach, we find that lump-sum life insurance payouts do not significantly influence spousal well-being.

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