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The Impact of the ACA Medicaid Expansions on the Employment and Academic Progress of College Students

Dora Gicheva and Priyanka Anand ()
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Priyanka Anand: George Mason University, Department of Health Administration and Policy

No 20-3, UNCG Economics Working Papers from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper examines whether expanding Medicaid eligibility affects the employment patterns and academic progress of college students. To estimate causal relationships, we use the variation in eligibility due to the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansions that occurred in a subset of U.S. states. We use data from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study to show that expanding Medicaid resulted in a decrease in employment intensity by students at community colleges, an increase in the number of transfers to four-year colleges, and higher graduation rates in four-year institutions, suggesting that expanding Medicaid led to an improvement in academic progress.

Keywords: postsecondary persistence; enrollment intensity; labor supply in college; health insurance; Medicaid expansion (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I13 I21 I22 I24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 36 pages
Date: 2020-04-07
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