Health Insurance and Labor Markets: Concepts, Open Questions, and Data Needs

50 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2007 Last revised: 17 Dec 2007

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A. Bowen Garrett

Urban Institute

Michael Chernew

Harvard University - Department of Health Care Policy; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: December 15, 2007

Abstract

This paper reviews the recent economic research on the relationship between health insurance and labor markets in the U.S., with an emphasis on research that has emerged since existing major reviews and the aim of identifying the types of data that are needed for this research to progress. We focus on the conceptual and empirical challenges that researchers face in studying these relationships, the data that has allowed this research to proceed, policy-relevant questions that need further study, and the types of data that would help in obtaining better answers to these questions.

Keywords: health, insurance, labor, markets, job lock, worker sorting, employer coverage, wage, fringe, trade-offs, premium, elasticities, data needs

JEL Classification: I10, I11, J20, J32

Suggested Citation

Garrett, A. Bowen and Chernew, Michael E., Health Insurance and Labor Markets: Concepts, Open Questions, and Data Needs (December 15, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1007031 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1007031

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