The Effect of Public Insurance on the Labor Supply of Childless Adults
Early Career Research Award
This study will assess the effect of public health insurance coverage on the labor supply of low-income childless adults. It will use high-quality administrative data from the State of Wisconsin and a quasi-experimental design to obtain plausibly causal estimates of this effect. Specifically, it will exploit the sudden imposition of an enrollment cap to compare the labor supply of enrollees with applicants placed on a waitlist. The results of the study will be of interest to policymakers as they plan for the major expansions in public insurance coverage of childless adults expected under the Affordable Care Act.