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The Effect of Publicly Provided Health Insurance on Education Outcomes in Mexico

Carlo Alcaraz Pribaz (), Daniel Chiquiar (), María José Orraca and Alejandrina Salcedoa

World Bank Economic Review, 2017, vol. 30, issue Supplement_1, S145-S156

Abstract: In this paper we study the causal effect of a large expansion of publicly provided health insurance on school enrollment rates and on children's academic performance using the case of Mexico. Access to free health insurance could improve education outcomes directly by making household members healthier or indirectly by raising the amount of resources available for education expenses. Using a panel of municipalities from 2007 to 2010, we find that the expansion of the Mexican public health insurance program, Seguro Popular, had a large positive, statistically significant effect on school enrollment rates and on standardized test scores.

JEL-codes: I13 I15 I25 I38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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