The effect of parental Medicaid expansions on job mobility

Sarah Hamersma, Matthew Kim

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In this paper, we examine the effect of parental Medicaid expansions on job mobility. If expanded Medicaid eligibility makes it easier for a person to have health coverage between jobs, we expect it to reduce "job lock" that occurs for workers with employer-provided health insurance. Expanded eligibility could also decrease mobility among those in jobs without health insurance, since they experience less pressure to move to an insured job ("job push"). We find strong evidence that expanded eligibility reduces job lock among unmarried women but not men or married women, and only weak evidence of reduced job push among men.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)761-770
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Economics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Health insurance
  • Job lock
  • Job mobility
  • Medicaid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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