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Joint Behavioral Economics & Public Economics Workshop: Jacob Goldin

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 11:40am to 1:10pm

Sage Hall, 141
Johnson Graduate School-Management, 106 Sage Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-6201, USA

Jacob Goldin - Stanford University

Health Insurance and Mortality:  Experimental Evidence from Taxpayer Outreach (joint w/ Ithai Z. Lurie, and Janet McCubbin)

Abstract:  We evaluate a randomized pilot study in which the IRS sent informational letters to 3.9 million taxpayers who paid a tax penalty for lacking health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Drawing on administrative data, we study the effect of the intervention on taxpayers’ subsequent health insurance enrollment and mortality. We find the intervention led to increased coverage in the two years following treatment and that this additional coverage reduced mortality among middle-aged adults over the same time period. Our results provide the first experimental evidence that health insurance reduces mortality.

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Ulrike Kroeller

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Jacob Goldin

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Stanford University

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Cornell Economics Community (List Servs Members)

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