The Impact of Medicaid on Labor Force Activity and Program Participation: Evidence from the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment

14 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2013 Last revised: 18 Nov 2013

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Katherine Baicker

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

Amy Finkelstein

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Jae Song

U.S. Social Security Administration

Sarah Taubman

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: October 2013

Abstract

In 2008, a group of uninsured low-income adults in Oregon was selected by lottery for the chance to apply for Medicaid. We use this randomized design and 2009 administrative data to evaluate the effect of Medicaid on labor market outcomes and participation in other social safety net programs. We find no significant effect of Medicaid on employment or earnings: our 95 percent confidence intervals allow us to reject that Medicaid causes a decline in employment of more than 4.4 percentage points, or an increase of more than 1.2 percentage points. We find that Medicaid increases receipt of food stamps, but has little, if any, impact on receipt of other government benefits, including SSDI.

Suggested Citation

Baicker, Katherine and Finkelstein, Amy and Song, Jae and Taubman, Sarah, The Impact of Medicaid on Labor Force Activity and Program Participation: Evidence from the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment (October 2013). NBER Working Paper No. w19547, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2342447

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Sarah Taubman

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