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Does Government Health Insurance Reduce Job Lock and Job Push?

Scott Barkowski ()

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: I study job lock and job push, the twin phenomena believed to be caused by employment-contingent health insurance (ECHI). Using variation in Medicaid eligibility among household members of male workers as a proxy for shifts in workers’ dependence on employment for health insurance, I estimate large job lock and job push effects. For married workers, Medicaid eligibility for one household member results in an increase in the likelihood of a voluntary job exit over a four-month period by approximately 34%. For job push, the transition rate into jobs with ECHI among all workers falls on average by 26%.

Keywords: Job Lock; Job Push; Medicaid; Job Mobility (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I13 J6 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015-04-01, Revised 2015-04-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hea, nep-ias and nep-lab
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