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The Effect of Health Insurance on Near-Elderly Health and Mortality


Bernard S. Black


Northwestern University - School of Law; Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

José-Antonio Espín-Sánchez


Northwestern University, Department of Economics

Eric French


Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; Department of Economics

Kate Litvak


Northwestern University - School of Law

November 2013

Northwestern Law & Econ Research Paper 12-09

Abstract:     
We use the best available longitudinal dataset, the Health and Retirement Survey, and a battery of causal inference methods to provide both central estimates and bounds on the effect of health insurance on health and mortality among the near elderly (initial age 50-61) over an 18-year period. Those uninsured in 1992 consume fewer healthcare services, but are not less healthy and, in our central estimates, do not die sooner than their insured counterparts. We discuss why a zero average effect of uninsurance on mortality and health is plausible, some selection effects that might explain our full results, and methodological concerns with prior studies.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 60

Keywords: health insurance, Medicare, healthcare utilization

JEL Classification: H51, I12, I18, K32

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Date posted: July 16, 2012 ; Last revised: April 28, 2014

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Black, Bernard S. and Espín-Sánchez, José-Antonio and French, Eric and Litvak, Kate, The Effect of Health Insurance on Near-Elderly Health and Mortality (November 2013). Northwestern Law & Econ Research Paper 12-09. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2103669 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2103669

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Bernard S. Black (Contact Author)
Northwestern University - School of Law ( email )
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Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management
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Jose-Antonio Espin-Sanchez
Northwestern University, Department of Economics ( email )
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Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago ( email )
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Department of Economics ( email )
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Kate Litvak
Northwestern University - School of Law ( email )
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Chicago, IL 60611
United States
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