Employer-provided health insurance and job mobility: Did the affordable care act reduce job lock?

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Abstract

Many have argued that concerns over health insurance reduce labor market mobility in the United States, causing a "job lock" effect. We take advantage of the novel natural experiment created by the Affordable Care Act's dependent coverage mandate to estimate the magnitude of the job lock effect for young adults. Using the 2008-2013 Current Population Survey and a difference-in-difference research design, we find that the expansion of dependent coverage did not increase job mobility, suggesting that job lock is not a major concern for young adults. (JEL J62, I13, I18)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-183
Number of pages11
JournalContemporary Economic Policy
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Public Administration

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