Does the Availability of Parental Health Insurance Affect the College Enrollment Decision of Young Americans?
AbstractThe present study examines whether the college enrollment decision of young individuals (student full-time, student part-time, non-student) depends on the availability of health insurance from their parents. Our findings indicate that the availability of parental health insurance has strong significant effects on the probability that a young individual enrolls as a full-time student. A young individual who has access to health insurance via a parent is up to 20.5 percent more likely to enroll as a full-time student than an individual without parental health insurance. After controlling for unobserved heterogeneity this probablity drops to 5.7 percent but is still highly significant. We also find that the marginal effect of the availability of parental health insurance has a larger effect on older students between age 21-23. We provide a brief discussion about possible implications of the Affordable Care Act 2010 in this context.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Towson University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2010-05.
Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2010
Date of revision: May 2011
Occupational choice; health insurance; educational choice; survey of income and program participation (SIPP).;
Other versions of this item:
- Jung, Juergen & Hall, Diane M. Harnek & Rhoads, Thomas, 2013. "Does the availability of parental health insurance affect the college enrollment decision of young Americans?," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 32(C), pages 49-65.
- C35 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions
- I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education and Research Institutions
- I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
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- NEP-ALL-2010-03-13 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2010-03-13 (Education)
- NEP-HEA-2010-03-13 (Health Economics)
- NEP-IAS-2010-03-13 (Insurance Economics)
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