Publicly Provided Health Insurance, Maternal Employment, and Child Health
Posted: 29 Aug 2005
Date Written: August 2005
Using a comprehensive data set from the 1999 National Survey of America's Families (NSAF), this study analyzes the effects of public health coverage and maternal employment on children's health outcomes among the single-mother families. The estimation strategy accounts for the potential endogeneity of a mother's employment status and choice of health insurance coverage for her children. Results suggest that the effectiveness gap between the publicly provided health insurance and employer provided coverage is still sizable. More importantly, the time constraint imposed by maternal employment has negative effects on children's health outcomes especially at early stages of their lives.
JEL Classification: I12, I38, J22
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