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Retirement Age and Health Expenditures

Helmuth Cremer, Jean-Marie Lozachmeur and Pierre Pestieau
Annales d'Économie et de Statistique
No. 83/84, Health, Insurance, Equity (Jul. - Dec., 2006), pp. 167-186
Published by: GENES on behalf of ADRES
DOI: 10.2307/20079167
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20079167
Page Count: 20
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Retirement Age and Health Expenditures
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Abstract

We study the design of pension benefits and contributions when an individual's health status depends on his consumption of health services. Health services can be subsidized and their uniform public provision is also considered. We show that the second-best policy induces early retirement and that health expenditures ought to be subsidized under plausible assumptions. When only linear subsidies are available, the case for uniform public provision of health services appears to be quite strong. /// Cet article étudie la structure optimale des cotisations et prestations de retraite lorsque l'état de santé des individus détermine l'âge de cessation d'activité et dépend de la consommation de soins de santé. Nous montrons que l'optimum de second rang est caractérisé par une retraite précoce et une subvention sur les dépenses de santé. Quand cette subvention ne peut être que linéaire, la fourniture en nature des biens de soins de santé est souvent désirable.

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