The Effect of Public Insurance Coverage for Childless Adults on Labor Supply

Laura Dague, Thomas DeLeire, Lindsey Leininger

NBER Working Paper No. 20111
Issued in May 2014
NBER Program(s):   HE   LS

This study provides plausibly causal estimates of the effect of public insurance coverage on the employment of non-elderly, non-disabled adults without dependent children ("childless adults"). We use regression discontinuity and propensity score matching difference-in-differences methods to take advantage of the sudden imposition of an enrollment cap, comparing the labor supply of enrollees to eligible applicants on a waitlist. We find enrollment into public insurance leads to sizable and statistically meaningful reductions in employment up to at least 9 quarters later, with an estimated size of from 2 to 10 percentage points depending upon the model used.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w20111

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