Essays on Health and Household Finances

Essays on Health and Household Finances

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The third essay examines the welfare effects of tax subsidies for insurance premiums in a model of an insurance market with private information. This study finds that any second-best equilibrium can be achieved for some rate of a proportional premium subsidy. These second-best outcomes can typically not be achieved in a private insurance market without subsidies. This result suggests that subsidies for health insurance contributions, such as the tax deduction for employers' health insurance contribution in the United States, can mitigate the effects of adverse selection in health insurance markets.characteristics that cause ill health. It is also ... Table 3.3 shows a small negative effect of higher county unemployment rates, and a small positive effect of higher county median household income. ... Higher education, income, and wealth have a positive effect on health change, while smoking and obesity are associated with worsening health. ... For example, Bjorklund (1985) and Rodriguez et al. (1999)anbsp;...

Title:Essays on Health and Household Finances
Author: Martin Salm
Publisher:ProQuest - 2006

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