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Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 391–406 | Cite as

Married Women’s Labor Supply and Spousal Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: Results from Panel Data

  • Jason E. MuraskoEmail author
Original Paper

Abstract

This paper investigates the effect of spousal insurance coverage on married women’s labor supply. This effect was hypothesized to be negative, since married women have an incentive to seek employment in jobs that will provide insurance when their husbands do not provide coverage. Panel data from the 1996–2004 Medical Expenditure Panel Surveys was used to control for the potential correlation between unobserved characteristics and spousal insurance. The findings suggest that spousal coverage does have a negative effect on married women’s labor supply, and that most of the reduction in labor supply seems to derive from shifts out of the labor force rather than between part-time and full-time work.

Keywords

Health insurance Labor Marriage Panel data 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of BusinessUniversity of Houston-Clear LakeHoustonUSA

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