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|July 2019||What is the Rationale for an Insurance Coverage Mandate? Evidence from Workers’ Compensation Insurance|
with Marika Cabral, Can Cui: w26103
There is ongoing policy debate about whether government insurance coverage mandates are necessary to effectively address market failures in private insurance markets. This paper analyzes the demand for insurance in the absence of a coverage mandate and the potential market failure rationale for coverage mandates in the context of workers' compensation insurance. Workers' compensation is a state-regulated insurance program that provides employees with income and medical benefits in the event of work-related injuries or illnesses. Nearly all states have mandated workers' compensation insurance coverage; the sole exception is Texas. Using administrative data from the unique voluntary Texas workers' compensation insurance system, we estimate the demand for workers' compensation insurance lever...
|June 2019||How Do Alternative Work Arrangements Affect Income Risk After Workplace Injury?|
with Nicholas Broten, David Powell: w25989
Alternative work arrangements, including temporary and contract work, have become more widespread. There is interest in understanding the effects of these types of arrangements on employment and earnings risk for workers and the potential for existing social insurance programs to address this risk. We study employment and earnings risk in the context of workplace injuries among temporary and contract workers. We link administrative workers' compensation claims to earnings records to measure the employment and earnings risk posed by workplace injuries, comparing labor market outcomes after injury between temporary and contract workers and direct-hire workers injured doing the same job. We use a triple-difference identification strategy to isolate the effect of alternative work arrangements....
|August 2009||Impacts of Alternative Emissions Allowance Allocation Methods under a Federal Cap-and-Trade Program|
with Lawrence H. Goulder, Marc A. C. Hafstead: w15293
This paper examines the implications of alternative allowance allocation designs under a federal cap-and-trade program to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. We focus on the impacts on industry profits and overall economic output, employing a dynamic general equilibrium model of the U.S. economy. The model's unique treatment of capital dynamics permits close attention to profit impacts.
We find that the effects on profits depend critically on the method of allowance allocation. Freely allocating fewer than 15 percent of the emissions allowances generally suffices to prevent profit losses among the eight industries that, without free allowances or other compensation, would suffer the largest percentage losses of profit. Freely allocating 100 percent of the allowances substantially ov...
Published: Impacts of Alternative Emissions Allowance Allocation Methods Under a Federal Cap-and-Trade Program Lawrence H. Goulder, Marc A.C. Hafstead, and Michael Dworsky Journal of Environmental Economics and Management | November 2010 | Vol. 60, No. 3 | pp. 161-181. citation courtesy of