Essays on Healthcare, Long-term Care and Retirement

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dc.contributor.author GOUSIA, Aikaterini
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-30T15:32:21Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-30T15:32:21Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Florence : European University Institute, 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/24595
dc.description Defence date: 13 November 2012 en
dc.description Examining Board: Professor Pascal Courty, University of Victoria (External Supervisor); Professor Jerome Adda, European University Institute; Professor Manos Matsaganis, Athens University; Professor Gilberto Turati, University of Turin.
dc.description.abstract This thesis focuses on three distinct topics around healthcare and ageing. The first chapter assess the effectiveness of the current regime that regulates the entry and geographical distribution of pharmacies in Italy. Using a structural model from the recent literature on entry I find that the public interest view is not supported in the Italian case. Alternative policies that combine entry deregulation and markup reduction are found to achieve the same if not better geographical coverage by pharmacies, higher supply of pharmaceutical services, entry by new pharmacists and important government savings. The second chapter seeks to see whether financial literacy can be a factor that affects demand for private long-term care insurance. Using detailed data from the Health and Retirement Study I construct two comprehensive indices for financial literacy that capture various aspects and degrees of financial skills and knowledge. Using an instrumental variables approach I find that those with higher financial literacy are more likely to own private long-term care insurance. The third chapter investigates the effect of gradual retirement on a variety of health outcomes. Using a regression discontinuity approach I find that partial retirement has a preserving health effect in old age contrary to full time work that is found to deteriorate health. The effect of partial retirement on health is in fact larger in magnitude, suggesting that the health effects of working are non linear in old age.
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI PhD theses
dc.relation.ispartofseries Department of Economics
dc.title Essays on Healthcare, Long-term Care and Retirement en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.neeo.contributor GOUSIA|Aikaterini|aut|


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