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The Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Health Insurance Coverage and Labor Market Outcomes

Mark Duggan, Gopi Shah Goda, and Emilie Jackson

Abstract:

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes several provisions designed to expand health insurance coverage that also alter the tie between employment and health insurance. In this paper, we exploit variation across geographic areas in the potential impact of the ACA to estimate its effect on health insurance and labor market outcomes in its first four years. Our findings indicate that approximately 70 percent of the increase in health insurance coverage since 2013 is due to the ACA. We also find that these increases in health insurance coverage did not result in statistically significant changes in labor market outcomes.

Citation

Mark Duggan, Gopi Shah Goda, and Emilie Jackson (2019), The Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Health Insurance Coverage and Labor Market Outcomes , National Tax Journal, 72:2, pp. 261-322

DOI: dx.doi.org/10.17310/ntj.2019.2.01