W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
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Institutional Affiliation: University of Illinois at Chicago
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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|July 2019||Does the Healthcare Educational Market Respond to Short-Run Local Demand?|
with Andrew I. Friedson, Cong T. Gian, Kosali I. Simon: w26088
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) increased demand for healthcare across the U.S., but it is unclear if or how the supply side has responded to meet this demand. In this paper, we take advantage of plausibly exogenous geographical heterogeneity in the ACA to examine the healthcare education sector’s response to increased demand for healthcare services. We look across educational fields, types of degrees, and types of institutions, paying particular attention to settings where our conceptual model predicts heightened responses. We find no statistically significant evidence of increases in graduates and can rule out fairly modest effects. This implies that healthcare production may have adjusted to increased demand from insurance expansion in other ways rather than prima...