Does Government Health Insurance Reduce Job Lock and Job Push?

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Scott Barkowski

Clemson University - John E. Walker Department of Economics

Date Written: June 29, 2017

Abstract

I study job lock and job push, the twin phenomena believed to be caused by employment-contingent health insurance (ECHI). Using variation in Medicaid eligibility among household members of male workers as a proxy for shifts in workers’ dependence on employment for health insurance, I estimate large job lock and job push effects. For married workers, Medicaid eligibility for one household member results in an increase in the likelihood of a voluntary job exit over a four-month period by approximately 34%. For job push, the transition rate into jobs with ECHI among all workers falls on average by 26%.

Keywords: Job Lock, Job Push, Medicaid, Job Mobility

JEL Classification: H41, I13, J6

Suggested Citation

Barkowski, Scott, Does Government Health Insurance Reduce Job Lock and Job Push? (June 29, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3112739 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3112739

Scott Barkowski (Contact Author)

Clemson University - John E. Walker Department of Economics ( email )

Clemson, SC 29634
United States

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