Mortality Contingent Claims, Health Care, and Social Insurance [report]

Tomas Philipson, Gary Becker
1996 unpublished
This paper analyzes the savings and health care impacts of mortali~coniirzgenf claims, defined here as income measures, such as annuities and life-insurance, under which earned income is contingent on the length of one's life. The postwar increase in mandatory annuity and lifeinsurance programs, as well as the rapid increase in life-expectancy, motivates a better understanding of the effects that mortality contingent claims have on resources devoted to life-extension. We analyze the incentives
more » ... hat such claims imply for life-extension when resources may affect mortality endogenously and argue that these incentives dramatically alter the standard conclusions obtained when mortality is treated exogenously.
doi:10.3386/w5760 fatcat:odp6sscllvhsxbyj2pn4p673ri