Spillovers from Health Insurance to the US Underground Economy

Posted: 26 Mar 2016 Last revised: 19 Apr 2016

See all articles by Rajeev K. Goel

Rajeev K. Goel

Illinois State University - Department of Economics

James W. Saunoris

Eastern Michigan University

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

Employing recent data on the prevalence of the underground economy across states in the United States, this article uniquely studies the nexus between health insurance coverage and the underground economy. We find a positive effect of health insurance coverage on the spread of the underground sector. Upon disaggregation, while private health coverage promotes the underground sector, government health insurance has the opposite effect.

Suggested Citation

Goel, Rajeev K. and Saunoris, James W., Spillovers from Health Insurance to the US Underground Economy (2015). Applied Economics Letters, Vol. 22, No. 6, pp. 474-482, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2754333

Rajeev K. Goel (Contact Author)

Illinois State University - Department of Economics ( email )

Normal, IL 61790-4200
United States

James W. Saunoris

Eastern Michigan University ( email )

Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
United States

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
158
PlumX Metrics