08/29/2014 04:24 PM
BATON ROUGE – Economics Letters has published a submission that LSU Department of
Economics Assistant Professor Briggs Depew and Eric Cardella of Texas Tech University
co-authored. The paper, “The Effect of Health Insurance Coverage on the Reported Health
of Young Adults,” concludes that individuals are six percent less likely to have health
insurance when they turn 19, and that having health coverage significantly increases
the likelihood of reporting excellent health among young adults.
“In light of recent health care reform, our results suggest that the large increase
in the insurance coverage of young adults through the ACA’s dependent mandate has
likely been accompanied with significant increases in their reported health status,”
Depew said. “Whether the relationship between insurance and reported health is driven
by access to care or changes in behavior, the point remains, having health insurance
appears to lead to an increase in reported health, even in young adult populations
who tend to have a relatively low demand for insurance.”
To read the paper in full, visit Economics Letters online at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/aip/01651765.
Depew earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Arizona in 2013, and joined
the faculty at LSU that same year. His research interests include labor economics,
health economics, and U.S. Economics History.
According to publisher Elsevier, “Economics Letters aims to be a valuable addition
to the specialist literature, offering quick dissemination and easy accessibility
of new results, models and methods in all fields of economic research.” Contributions
are usually limited to 2,000 words.
The Department of Economics at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business offers courses
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Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014