Health Insurance Coverage and Entrepreneurship

14 Pages Posted: 29 Feb 2008

Date Written: October 2001


This article estimates the importance of health insurance coverage on the probability of self-employment. Using data from the 1993 Current Population Survey (CPS), the author focuses on the impact of having health insurance through one`s spouse on the likelihood of self-employment. The best estimates suggest that a guaranteed alternative source of health insurance would increase the probability of self-employment between 2.3 and 4.4 percentage points for husbands and 1.2 and 4.6 percentage points for wives. The author`s more conservative estimates suggest that universal coverage could increase the percentage of self-employed in the workforce by 2 to 3.5 percentage points.

Suggested Citation

Wellington, Alison, Health Insurance Coverage and Entrepreneurship (October 2001). Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 19, Issue 4, pp. 465-478, 2001, Available at SSRN:

Alison Wellington (Contact Author)

College of Wooster

Wooster, OH 44691
United States

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