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When death was postponed: the effect of hiv medication on work, savings and marriage

Mette Ejrnæs, Esteban Garcia-Miralles, Mette Gørtz and Petter Lundborg
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Mette Ejrnæs: University of Copenhagen and CEBI
Mette Gørtz: University of Copenhagen, CEBI and IZA
Petter Lundborg: IZA and Department of Economics, Lund University

No 2317, Working Papers from Banco de España

Abstract: Longer life expectancy can affect individuals’ incentives to work, save and marry, net of any changes in their underlying health. We test this hypothesis by using the sudden arrival of a new treatment in 1995 that dramatically increased life expectancy for HIV-infected individuals. We compare the behavioural responses of HIV-infected individuals who were still in good health but who differed in their access to the new treatment. Those with access to treatment work substantially more, marry later, but do not save more. Our results highlight the importance of accounting for such incentive effects when valuing increases in life expectancy.

Keywords: esperanza de vida; empleo; matrimonio; VIH (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D84 I12 J12 J21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 60 pages
Date: 2023-06
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