NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Welfare Reform, Labor Supply, and Health Insurance in the Immigrant Population

George J. Borjas

NBER Working Paper No. 9781
Issued in June 2003
NBER Program(s):   HE   LS

Although the 1996 welfare reform legislation limited the eligibility of immigrant households to receive assistance, many states chose to protect their immigrant populations by offering state-funded aid to these groups. I exploit these changes in eligibility rules to examine the link between the welfare cutbacks and health insurance coverage in the immigrant population. The data reveal that the cutbacks in the Medicaid program did not reduce health insurance coverage rates among targeted immigrants. The immigrants responded by increasing their labor supply, thereby raising the probability of being covered by employer-sponsored health insurance.

download in pdf format
   (339 K)

email paper

A non-technical summary of this paper is available in the December 2003 NBER digest.  You can sign up to receive the NBER Digest by email.

The NBER Bulletin on Aging and Health provides summaries of publications like this.  You can sign up to receive the NBER Bulletin on Aging and Health by email.

This paper is available as PDF (339 K) or via email.

Machine-readable bibliographic record - MARC, RIS, BibTeX

Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w9781

Published: Borjas, George J., 2003. "Welfare reform, labor supply, and health insurance in the immigrant population," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 22(6), pages 933-958, November. citation courtesy of

Users who downloaded this paper also downloaded these:
Borjas w9755 The Labor Demand Curve is Downward Sloping: Reexamining the Impact of Immigration on the Labor Market
Kaestner and Kaushal w8541 Immigrant and Native Responses to Welfare Reform
Schoeni and Blank w7627 What has Welfare Reform Accomplished? Impacts on Welfare Participation, Employment, Income, Poverty, and Family Structure
Blank w8983 Evaluating Welfare Reform in the United States
Borjas w9236 Food Insecurity and Public Assistance
 
Publications
Activities
Meetings
NBER Videos
Data
People
About

Support
National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138; 617-868-3900; email: info@nber.org

Contact Us