This project intends to measure the effects of health care policies and the need for health care of one of the spouses on the intra-household allocation of resources. Our analysis is based on a micro-economic bargaining model, using the data of the German socio-economic panel (GSOEP). We focus on the intra-family decision process. In particular, the need for health care of one of the family members may have impacts on both individual and household time-use (work, leisure and health care) and consumption expenditures. Therefore, the aim pursued in this project is twofold: first, we intend to determinate the characteristics of the decision process and the bargaining within the household. Second, we investigate the question whether the individual and family welfare may be improved by any reform of the public health care insurance system.

Project duration

01.02.2006 - 31.05.2007


Labour Markets and Human Resources