Agricultural Economics & Economics: Academic Research Seminar featuring Dr. Sebastian Trillo
- Friday, April 23, 2021 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
- WebEx Seminar
Please contact Quinn Bates ([email protected]) for WebEx attendee link & password.What: Academic Research Seminar, Department of Agricultural Economics and EconomicsGuest Speaker: Dr. Sebastian Trillo, University of VirginiaHost: Dr. Mark Anderson, Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics, Montana State UniversityLecture Title: Health Insurance for Whom? The ‘Spill-up’ Effects of Children’s Health Insurance on MothersDate: Friday, April 2, 2021 at 3PM via WebEXFrom Abstract: A rich literature documents the benefits of public insurance for children and spillover effects of children benefitting from policies targeting parents. If parents’ decisions and utility are influenced by children’s health and access to care, public health insurance for children may have “spill-up” effects on parents. We contribute to the existing research by investigating if public insurance for children improves maternal labor and marriage market outcomes as well as mental health. Using a simulated instrument for Medicaid eligibility and geo-coded National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, we isolate variation in children’s Medicaid eligibility due to changes in government policies. We find that increases in children’s public insurance increases the likelihood a mother is married, decreases labor market participation, and reduces smoking and alcohol consumption. Additionally, increased Medicaid eligibility for children improves maternal mental health, specifically a seven-item Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression score. We use a matched placebo group and falsification tests to support the causal interpretation of our findings.
- Agricultural Economics and Economics