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Health and Health Insurance Trajectories of Mexicans in the US

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  • Neeraj Kaushal
  • Robert Kaestner

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We study how the health and health insurance coverage of Mexican immigrants change with time in the US. Cross-sectional analyses suggest that approximately three decades of residency in the US is associated with a 9 to 11 percentage point (12% to 15%) decline in the probability of being uninsured for Mexican men and women. However, analysis using longitudinal data and fixed effects methods show that time in the US is unrelated to health insurance coverage. Both cross sectional and longitudinal analyses provide evidence of unhealthy assimilation—self-reported health declines slightly with time in the US.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 16139.

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Date of creation: Jun 2010
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Publication status: published as Kaushal, Neeraj and Robert Kaestner. (2013) Acculturation and Health Insurance of Mexicans in the US. Review of International Economics, 21 (2): 233-248.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:16139

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  1. Guillermina Jasso & Douglas S. Massey & Mark R. Rosenzweig & James P. Smith, 2004. "Immigrant health: selectivity and acculturation," IFS Working Papers W04/23, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
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