Jessica P. Vistnes

Center for Cost and Financing Studies
Agency for Health Care and Research
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NBER Working Papers and Publications

October 2007Overweight in Adolescents: Implications for Health Expenditures
with Alan C. Monheit, Jeannette A. Rogowski: w13488
We consider two compelling research questions raised by the increased prevalence of overweight among adolescents. First, what factors explain variation in adolescent bodyweight and the likelihood of being overweight? Next, do overweight adolescents incur greater health care expenditures compared to those of normal weight? We address the former question by examining the contribution of individual characteristics, economic factors, parental and family attributes, and neighborhood characteristics to variation in these bodyweight outcomes. For the second question, we estimate a two-part, generalized linear model of health spending. Using data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, our econometric analyses indicate that adolescent bodyweight and the likelihood of being overweight are strong...

Published: Monheit, Alan C. & Vistnes, Jessica P. & Rogowski, Jeannette A., 2009. "Overweight in adolescents: Implications for health expenditures," Economics and Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 7(1), pages 55-63, March.

August 2006Health Insurance Enrollment Decisions: Preferences for Coverage, Worker Sorting, and Insurance Take Up
with Alan C. Monheit: w12429
The weak response by the uninsured to policy initiatives encouraging voluntary enrollment in health insurance has raised concerns regarding the extent to which the uninsured value health insurance. To address this issue, we use data from the 2001 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to examine the association between health insurance preferences and coverage status. We also consider the role of such preferences in decisions to seek out and enroll in employment-based coverage. We find that adults with weak or uncertain preferences for health insurance are more likely than persons with strong preferences to be uninsured and less likely to acquire coverage. Our econometric work indicates that workers with weak or uncertain preferences are less likely to obtain job offers with insurance, reinforci...

Published: Alan C. Monheit & Jessica Primoff Vistnes, 2008. "Health Insurance Enrollment Decisions: Preferences for Coverage, Worker Sorting, and Insurance Take-up," INQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing, vol 45(2), pages 153-167.

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