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Health and Health Insurance Trajectories of Mexicans in the US

Neeraj Kaushal, Robert Kaestner

NBER Working Paper No. 16139
Issued in June 2010
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We study how the health and health insurance coverage of Mexican immigrants change with time in the US. Cross-sectional analyses suggest that approximately three decades of residency in the US is associated with a 9 to 11 percentage point (12% to 15%) decline in the probability of being uninsured for Mexican men and women. However, analysis using longitudinal data and fixed effects methods show that time in the US is unrelated to health insurance coverage. Both cross sectional and longitudinal analyses provide evidence of unhealthy assimilation--self-reported health declines slightly with time in the US.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w16139

Published: Kaushal, Neeraj and Robert Kaestner. (2013) Acculturation and Health Insurance of Mexicans in the US. Review of International Economics, 21 (2): 233-248.

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