Labor Market Responses to Rising Health Insurance Costs

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dc.contributor.author Madrian, Brigitte
dc.contributor.author Cutler, David
dc.date.accessioned 2009-03-08T12:35:15Z
dc.date.issued 1998
dc.identifier.citation Cutler, D. and Brigitte Madrian. 1998. Labor market responses to rising health insurance costs. Rand Journal of Economics 29, no. 3: 509-530. en
dc.identifier.issn 0741-6261 en
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:2643643
dc.description.abstract Increases in the cost of providing health insurance must have some effect on labor markets, either in lower wages, changes in the composition of employment, or both. Despite a presumption that most of this effect will be in the form of lower wages, we document in this paper a significant effect on work hours as well. Using data from the CPS and the SIPP, we show that rising health insurance costs over the 1980s increased the hours worked of those with health insurance by up to 3 percent. We argue that this occurs because health insurance is a fixed cost, and as it becomes more expensive to provide, firms face an incentive to substitute hours per worker for the number of workers employed. en
dc.description.sponsorship Economics en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher RAND Corporation/Wiley-Blackwell en
dc.relation.isversionof http://www.jstor.org/stable/2556102 en
dc.relation.hasversion http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3157 en
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dc.title Labor Market Responses to Rising Health Insurance Costs en
dc.relation.journal Rand Journal of Economics en
dash.depositing.author Cutler, David
dash.embargo.until 10000-01-01

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