Public policy, health insurance, and labor market and demographic outcomes among young adults

Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Economics

Content Description

1 online resource (ii, iv, 167 pages) : illustrations.

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Pinka Chatterji

Committee Members

Baris Yoruk, Kajal Lahiri


Affordable Care Act, Dependent care, Health insurance, Labor market, Living arrangements, Marriage, Health care reform, Young adults, National Health Insurance, United States

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The Affordable Care Act Dependent Care Provision mandated that private health insurance plans that offer dependent coverage must allow young adults to stay on parents’ insurance until age 26. The papers study whether the provision is associated with demographic outcomes and labor market outcomes using difference-in-difference (DD) strategy and regression discontinuity (RD) design. Data come from Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) and American Community Survey (ACS). Findings indicate that the provision is associated with 1) increased likelihood that young adults live with a parent, and decreased likelihood that young adults live with other relatives/non-relatives; 2) reductions in the likelihoods of being married and cohabitating, respectively, and a increase in the likelihood of being single, also a reduction in being a single parent, as well as reductions in young adults’ participation in SNAP, TANF and WIC; 3) reductions in the likelihoods of ever serving in the military, being on active duty now, training for national guard/reserves, and being a TRICARE sponsor; 4) an increase in the likelihood of separating from employers and a better job match after re-reemployment.

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