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Autor:innen: 
Kim, Seonghoon
Koh, Kanghyock
Datum: 
2018
Schriftenreihe/Nr.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 11879
Verlag: 
Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), Bonn
Zusammenfassung: 
We study the effects of Massachusetts' healthcare reform on individuals' subjective well-being. Using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, we find that the reform significantly improved Massachusetts residents' overall life-satisfaction. This result is robust to various sensitivity checks and a falsification test. We also find that the reform improved mental health. An additional analysis on the Tennessee healthcare reform supports our findings' external validity. Using the reform as an instrument for health insurance coverage, we estimate its large impact on overall life-satisfaction. Our results provide novel evidence on the psychological consequences of Massachusetts' healthcare reform.
Schlagwörter: 
health insurance
life satisfaction
happiness
subjective well-being
Massachusetts healthcare reform
JEL: 
I13
I18
I31
Dokumentart: 
Working Paper

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