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Self-Employment and the Role of Health Insurance

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  • Gumus, Gulcin

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    (Florida Atlantic University)

  • Regan, Tracy L.

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    (Boston College)

We investigate the effect of health insurance on labor market transitions in and out of self-employment as well as on the likelihood of being self-employed. We consider the role of individual health insurance coverage along with that from a spouse. Next, we examine a series of tax deductions granted to the self-employed through amendments made to the 1986 Tax Reform Act. Using data from the Current Population Survey for 1996-2007, we find significant but small effects of the after-tax health insurance premium on the entry rate, with no effect on exits from self-employment or the likelihood of being self-employed.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2009
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3952
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