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Health insurance coverage and firm performance: Evidence using firm level data from Vietnam

Hiroyuki Yamada and Tien Vu

No 2016-19, AGI Working Paper Series from Asian Growth Research Institute

Abstract: In literature, there is limited direct evidence regarding the effect of health insurance coverage on firm performance and worker productivity. In this paper, we study the impacts of health insurance on medium and large-scale domestic private firms' performance and productivity in Vietnam, using a large firm level census dataset. We deploy propensity-score matching methods, and find statistically positive health insurance effects on both aggregate profit and profit per worker for both complying and non-complying medium and large-scale firms. Given the full sample results, we recommend an improvement in government monitoring as one of the important policy options to induce medium and large-scale firms to contribute to health insurance premiums for their employees.

Keywords: Health insurance; Medium and large-scale firms; Propensity-score matching; Vietnam; Health insurance; Medium and large-scale firms; Propensity-score matching; Vietnam; D22; I13; I15; I18; O25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-09
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