The Effect of Public Health Insurance on Criminal Recidivism

@article{Aslim2019TheEO,
  title={The Effect of Public Health Insurance on Criminal Recidivism},
  author={E. G. Aslim and Murat C. Mungan and C. Navarro and Han Yu},
  journal={Geographic Health Economics eJournal},
  year={2019}
}
We consider a Beckerian enforcement model to identify different channels through which health care access may affect recidivism, and we empirically estimate these effects. By exploiting variation in state Medicaid expansion dates,  we find that increased access reduces recidivism for both violent and public order crimes. Moreover, public coverage expansions substantially increase access to substance use disorder treatment. This effect is salient for individuals who are covered by Medicaid and… Expand
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