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|Title:||The impact of the macroeconomy on health insurance coverage: Evidence from the great recession |
Moriya, Asako S.
|Issue Date:||2011 |
|Series/Report no.:||Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6124|
|Abstract:||This paper investigates the impact of the macroeconomy on the health insurance coverage of Americans using panel data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) for 2004-2010, a period that includes the Great Recession of 2007-09. We find that a one percentage point increase in the state unemployment rate is associated with a 1.67 percentage point (2.12%) reduction in the probability that men have health insurance; this effect is strongest among college-educated, white, and older (50-64 year old) men. We estimate that 9.3 million Americans, the vast majority of whom were adult men, lost health insurance due to a higher unemployment rate alone during the 2007-09 recession. We conclude with a discussion of how components of recent health care reform may influence this relationship in the future.|
|Persistent Identifier of the first edition:||urn:nbn:de:101:1-201112121717|
|Document Type:||Working Paper|
|Appears in Collections:||IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)|
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