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The Effects of Employer-Provided Health Insurance on Worker Mobility

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  • Thomas C. Buchmueller
  • Robert G. Valletta

The authors use data from the 1984 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) to investigate whether employer-provided health insurance reduced worker mobility (a phenomenon termed “job-lock†). The SIPP provides Information on variables—particularly pension receipt, job tenure, and spouse job change—that were omitted from previous studies and are, the authors argue, key to the estimation of well-defined mobility models. For dual-earner married men and women, the authors estimate a model that accounts for the interaction between husbands' and wives' job change decisions. For both married and single individuals, the results provide fairly strong evidence of job-lock among women, but only weak indications of job-lock among men. The authors speculate that this finding reflects higher health care use by women than by men.

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Article provided by Cornell University, ILR School in its journal Industrial & Labor Relations Review.

Volume (Year): 49 (1996)
Issue (Month): 3 (April)
Pages: 439-455

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Handle: RePEc:sae:ilrrev:v:49:y:1996:i:3:p:439-455
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