Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/141591
Authors: 
Farooq, Ammar
Kugler, Adriana
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9832
Abstract: 
We examine whether greater Medicaid generosity encourages mobility towards riskier but better jobs in higher paid occupations and industries. We use Current Population Survey Data and exploit variation in Medicaid thresholds across states and over time through the 1990s and 2000s. We find that moving from a state in the 10th to the 90th percentile in terms of Medicaid income thresholds increases occupational and industrial mobility by 7.6% and 7.8%. We also find that higher income Medicaid thresholds increase mobility towards occupations and industries with greater wage spreads and higher separation probabilities, but with higher wages and higher educational requirements.
Subjects: 
Medicaid
job lock
public health insurance occupational mobility
industrial mobility
occupational mismatch
JEL: 
I13
J6
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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