The effect of Medicaid expansion on labor force participation of childless adults

by Wind, Tomas, M.P.P., GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, 2016, 54 pages; 10106085

Abstract:

I study the effect that expanding Medicaid eligibility has on labor force participation of childless adults. The Affordable Care Act provided federal funding for states to expand public health insurance to populations that had never before been eligible for the benefit on a large scale, among those are adults without dependent children. A 2012 Supreme Court decision allowed states to choose whether or not they wanted to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid eligibility, resulting in a situation where roughly half of the population resided in states that had expanded Medicaid eligibility in 2014 and half did not. I exploit this variation by conducting a series of difference-in-differences and triple differences analyses both at a local level within one labor market, and nationwide to determine the relationship between Medicaid expansion and labor force participation. I find a significant negative relationship between Medicaid expansion and labor force participation, in which expanding Medicaid is associated with 1.5 to 3 percentage point drop in labor force participation.

AdviserJeffrey P. Thompson
SchoolGEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
Source TypeThesis
SubjectsLabor economics; Public policy; Health care management
Publication Number10106085

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