Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161201
Authors: 
Antwi, Yaa Akosa
Maclean, J. Catherine
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10578
Abstract: 
In this study we re-visit the relationship between private health insurance mandates, access to employer-sponsored health insurance, and labor market outcomes. Specifically, we model employer-sponsored health insurance access and labor market outcomes across the lifecycle as a function of the number of high cost mandates in place at labor market entrance. Our analysis draws on a long panel of workers from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 and exploits variation in five high cost state mandates between 1972 and 1989. Four principal findings emerge from our analysis. First, we find no strong evidence that high cost state health insurance mandates discourage employers from offering insurance to employees. Second, employers adjust both wages and labor demand to offset mandate costs, suggesting that employees place some value on the mandated benefits. Third, the effects are persistent, but not permanent. Fourth, the effects are heterogeneous across worker types. These findings have implications for thinking through the full labor market effects of health insurance expansions.
Subjects: 
mandated benefits
labor costs
health insurance
JEL: 
H2
I13
J3
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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