Health insurance as a productive factor

  title={Health insurance as a productive factor},
  author={ALLAN DIZIOLI and Roberto Pinheiro},
In this paper, we present a less-explored channel through which health insurance impacts productivity: by o¤ering health insurance, employers reduce the expected time workers spend out of work in sick days. Using data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), we show that a worker with health coverage misses on average 52% fewer workdays than uninsured workers, after controlling for endogeneity. We develop a model that embodies this impact of health coverage in productivity. In our… CONTINUE READING

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