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Title:The impact of the macroeconomy on health insurance coverage: Evidence from the great recession PDF Logo
Authors:Cawley, John
Moriya, Asako S.
Simon, Kosali
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.
Subjects:health insurance
Medicaid
SCHIP
recession
unemployment
JEL:I10
J3
J6
E32
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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