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Author:Rodgers, Rachel 

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Medical Spending, Bequests, and Asset Dynamics around the Time of Death

Using data from the Health and Retirement Survey, we document the changes in assets that occur before a person's death. Applying an event study approach, we find that during the six years preceding their deaths, the assets of single decedents decline, relative to those of similar single survivors, by an additional $20,000 on average. Over the same time span, the assets of couples who lose a spouse fall, relative to those of similar surviving couples, by an additional $90,000 on average. Households experiencing a death also incur higher out-of-pocket medical spending and other end-of-life ...
Econ Focus , Volume 4Q , Pages 135-157

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The Coronavirus and the Economy

Econ Focus , Issue 1Q , Pages 3-6

Journal Article
Medical Spending, Bequests, and Asset Dynamics around the Time of Death

Using data from the Health and Retirement Survey, we document the changes in assets that occur before a person's death. Applying an event study approach, we find that during the six years preceding their deaths, the assets of single decedents decline, relative to those of similar single survivors, by an additional $20,000 on average. Over the same time span, the assets of couples who lose a spouse fall, relative to those of similar surviving couples, by an additional $90,000 on average. Households experiencing a death also incur higher out-of-pocket medical spending and other end-of-life ...
Economic Quarterly , Volume 4Q , Pages 135-157

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