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Employer-provided Health Insurance and Job Change

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  • Scott J. Adams

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The author uses data from the 1988-2000 Annual Demographic Files of the Current Population Survey to revisit the question of whether job lock exists. Limiting the sample to males with employer-provided health insurance, it is tested whether the lack of a potential source of alternative coverage through the individual's spouse affects his or her job mobility. The author controls for both characteristics of the respondent and spouse, as well as the attributes of their jobs. Although evidence produced by other researchers using similar methodology has been mixed, this article presents significant evidence that employer-provided health insurance lowers mobility. (JEL "J320", "J620") Copyright 2004 Western Economic Association International.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Contemporary Economic Policy.

Volume (Year): 22 (2004)
Issue (Month): 3 (07)
Pages: 357-369

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Handle: RePEc:bla:coecpo:v:22:y:2004:i:3:p:357-369

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  3. Keith A. Bender & John S. Heywood, 2009. "Educational Mismatch among Ph.D.s: Determinants and Consequences," NBER Chapters, in: Science and Engineering Careers in the United States: An Analysis of Markets and Employment, pages 229-255 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  4. Robert W Fairlie & Kanika Kapur & Susan Gates, 2012. "Job Lock: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design," Working Papers 201215, School Of Economics, University College Dublin.
  5. Anna Huysse-Gaytandjieva & Wim Groot & Milena Pavlova, 2013. "A New Perspective on Job Lock," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 112(3), pages 587-610, July.
  6. Bansak, Cynthia & Raphael, Steven, 2005. "The State Health Insurance Program and Job Mobility: Identifying Job Lock among Working Parents in Near-Poor Households," Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Working Paper Series qt87n5j524, Institute of Industrial Relations, UC Berkeley.
  7. Gumus, Gulcin & Regan, Tracy L., 2009. "Self-Employment and the Role of Health Insurance," IZA Discussion Papers 3952, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  8. Harris, Douglas N. & Adams, Scott J., 2007. "Understanding the level and causes of teacher turnover: A comparison with other professions," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 26(3), pages 325-337, June.
  9. Benjamin Artz, 2010. "Fringe benefits and job satisfaction," International Journal of Manpower, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 31(6), pages 626-644, September.
  10. Cathy J. Bradley & David Neumark & Meryl I. Motika, 2011. "The Effects of Health Shocks on Employment and Health Insurance: The Role of Employer-Provided Health Insurance," NBER Working Papers 17223, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  11. Bradley, Cathy J. & Neumark, David & Luo, Zhehui & Bednarek, Heather L., 2005. "Employment-Contingent Health Insurance, Illness, and Labor Supply of Women: Evidence from Married Women with Breast Cancer," IZA Discussion Papers 1577, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  12. Lui, Hon-Kwong & Suen, Wing, 2011. "The effects of public housing on internal mobility in Hong Kong," Journal of Housing Economics, Elsevier, vol. 20(1), pages 15-29, March.

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