Public Health Insurance and Employment Transitions

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Erkmen Giray Aslim

Grand Valley State University - Seidman School of Business

Date Written: February 4, 2020

Abstract

This study explores the effect of public health insurance on employment transitions of adults without dependent children. Under the Affordable Care Act, many states expanded Medicaid eligibility to cover adults with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. I exploit this sharp eligibility cutoff in a difference-in-discontinuities design and find that the probability of part-time employment increases relative to full-time employment. These employment transitions are strongest among females, low-educated workers, and individuals aged 45-64. I find no evidence of employment transitions in non-expansion states.

Keywords: ACA's Medicaid expansion; job lock; difference-in-discontinuities

JEL Classification: C21, J21, J26, I10

Suggested Citation

Aslim, Erkmen Giray, Public Health Insurance and Employment Transitions (February 4, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2891510 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2891510

Erkmen Giray Aslim (Contact Author)

Grand Valley State University - Seidman School of Business ( email )

Grand Rapids, MI 49504
United States

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