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The Effect of Children's Medicaid Enrollment on School Days Missed: A Propensity Score Matching Approach


  • ShiShu Zhang

    (University of the Incarnate Word)


Medicaid is the government insurance program that provides health insurance to the poor. The welfare economics literature demonstrates that Medicaid enrollment largely increased the utilization of medical service. However, the effect of Medicaid enrollment on children’s health conditions is uncertain. This paper used ‘days of school missed due to illnesses or injury’ as the measurement to illustrate the effect of Medicaid enrollment on children’s health. Propensity score matching is applied to control for the selection bias problem. The average treatment effect and marginal effect of Medicaid on school absences are estimated.

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  • ShiShu Zhang, 2011. "The Effect of Children's Medicaid Enrollment on School Days Missed: A Propensity Score Matching Approach," Journal of Economic Insight (formerly the Journal of Economics (MVEA)), Missouri Valley Economic Association, vol. 37(2), pages 79-99.
  • Handle: RePEc:mve:journl:v:37:y:2011:i:2:p:79-99

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    JEL classification:

    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • I3 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty


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