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The Impact of the Macroeconomy on Health Insurance Coverage: Evidence from the Great Recession

John Cawley (), Asako S. Moriya () and Kosali Simon ()
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Asako S. Moriya: Carnegie Mellon University

No 6124, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper investigates the impact of the macroeconomy on the health insurance coverage of Americans using panel data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) for 2004-2010, a period that includes the Great Recession of 2007-09. We find that a one percentage point increase in the state unemployment rate is associated with a 1.67 percentage point (2.12%) reduction in the probability that men have health insurance; this effect is strongest among college-educated, white, and older (50-64 year old) men. We estimate that 9.3 million Americans, the vast majority of whom were adult men, lost health insurance due to a higher unemployment rate alone during the 2007-09 recession. We conclude with a discussion of how components of recent health care reform may influence this relationship in the future.

Keywords: unemployment; recession; health insurance; Medicaid; SCHIP (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 J3 J6 E32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 39 pages
Date: 2011-11
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Published in: Health Economics, 2014, [Online First]

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Journal Article: The Impact of the Macroeconomy on Health Insurance Coverage: Evidence from the Great Recession (2015) Downloads
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