The Effect of Public Insurance Coverage for Childless Adults on Labor Supply

Laura Dague, Thomas DeLeire, Lindsey Leininger
2017 American Economic Journal: Economic Policy  
The Effect of Public Insurance Coverage for Childless Adults on Labor Supply * This study provides plausibly causal estimates of the effect of public insurance coverage on the employment of non-elderly, non-disabled adults without dependent children ("childless adults"). We use regression discontinuity and propensity score matching difference-indifferences methods to take advantage of the sudden imposition of an enrollment cap, comparing the labor supply of enrollees to eligible applicants on a
more » ... ble applicants on a waitlist. We find enrollment into public insurance leads to sizable and statistically meaningful reductions in employment up to at least 9 quarters later, with an estimated size of from 2 to 10 percentage points depending upon the model used. JEL Classification: I13, J22
doi:10.1257/pol.20150059 fatcat:273w2p7g3zaybjisstvsq6hhse