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Mandate-Based Health Reform and the Labor Market: Evidence from the Massachusetts Reform

Jonathan T. Kolstad, Amanda E. Kowalski

NBER Working Paper No. 17933
Issued in March 2012

---- Acknowledgements -----

We thank Iris Chan, Erin Taylor, and especially Michael Punzalan and Aditi Sen for excellent research assistance. Amitabh Chandra, John Friedman, Ben Handel, Lauren Nichols, Matt Notowidigdo, and Hugh Gravelle provided helpful conference discussions. This project has benefited greatly from comments from Priyanka Anand, Bjoern Bruegemann, Tom Buchmueller, Marika Cabral, Joseph Doyle, Bill Gale, Alex Gelber, Michael Grossman, Martin Hackmann, Charles Kolstad, Kory Kroft, Fabian Lange, Amanda Pallais, Mark Pauly, Vincent Pohl, Ebonya Washington, Heidi Williams, and Clifford Winston. We are also grateful for comments by seminar participants at Brookings, Brown, BU/Harvard/MIT Health Econ Workshop, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, FRB Richmond, Harvard, Penn, UC Berkeley, Yale School of Public Health, the ASSA meetings, the European Econometrics and Health Economics Workshop, iHEA, the Midwestern Health Economics Conference, the National Tax Association annual meeting, NBER Summer Institute, the New York Health Economics Workshop, and the Utah Winter Business Economics Conference. Funding from the National Institute on Aging grant #P30 AG012810, the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, and the Wharton Dean's Research Fund are gratefully acknowledged. During work on this project, Kowalski was the 2011-2012 Okun Model Early Career Fellow at the Brookings Institution. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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