Building a better model of how retirement, health, and consumption interact

March 24, 2017

MRRC researchers John Karl Scholz and Ananth Seshadri recently built a model to look into how health and consumption intertwine, using an Euler equation to examine consumption in relation to utility. In this instance, consumption represents spending and health investments,…

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Researcher Q&A Part 2: Olivia S. Mitchell looks at why people do or don’t buy Long-Term Care Insurance

November 18, 2016

Here’s the second part of our discussion with MRRC researcher Olivia S. Mitchell on her 2015 project with Daniel Gottlieb, “Narrow Framing and Long-Term Care Insurance.” This has been edited for length and clarity. I think a lot of our readers are not…

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Researcher Q&A, Part 1: Olivia S. Mitchell looks at why people do or don’t buy Long-Term Care Insurance

November 18, 2016

We talked to MRRC researcher Olivia S. Mitchell about her 2015 project with Daniel Gottlieb, “Narrow Framing and Long-Term Care Insurance.” This two-part interview has been edited for length and clarity. What led you to look at whether people buy long-term care insurance…

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Researchers find that Social Security reform decreases Medicare spending

November 18, 2016

The existing literatures on Social Security and Medicare explore each of these significant allocations of federal budget in isolation. There has been no work to date on the manner in which these programs interact with one another. Did Social Security Amendment…

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More on ‘Couples’ and Singles’ Savings After Retirement’

November 18, 2016

In order to study the hypothetical effects of expanding Medicaid, Mariacristina De Nardi, Eric French, and John Bailey Jones (DFJ) have written a fairly detailed model to study household saving and dissaving (see previous post). To make that possible, they constructed a novel measure…

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Looking at ‘Couples’ and Singles’ Savings After Retirement’

November 18, 2016

There’s some debate in the United States about extending Medicaid to more people. Loosening criteria for means-tested public health care insurance such as Medicaid would allow more people to benefit from health care they may otherwise be unable to afford,…

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