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Authors: 
Alcaraz, Carlo
Chiquiar, Daniel
Orraca, María José
Salcedo, Alejandrina
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers, Banco de México 2012-10
Abstract: 
In this paper we study the causal effect of a large expansion of publicly provided health insurance on children's academic performance using the case of Mexico. In general, access to free health insurance could improve education outcomes directly by making household members healthier or indirectly by raising the amount of resources available for education expenses. Using a panel of municipalities from 2007 to 2009, we find that the expansion of the Mexican public health insurance program, Seguro Popular, had a positive, statistically significant effect on standardized test scores of primary school children.
Subjects: 
Health insurance
Public health
Seguro Popular
Mexico
Education
Test scores
JEL: 
I13
I15
I25
I38
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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