Volume 15 (2012)
Volume 11 (2008)
Volume 8 (2005)
Volume 7 (2004)
Volume 6 (2003)
Volume 5 (2002)
Volume 4 (2001)
Volume 3 (2000)
Volume 1 (1998)
Most Downloaded Articles
- Price Shopping in Consumer-Directed Health Plans by Sood, Neeraj/ Wagner, Zachary/ Huckfeldt, Peter and Haviland, Amelia M.
- Health and Health Care of Medicare Beneficiaries in 2030 by Gaudette, Étienne/ Tysinger, Bryan/ Cassil, Alwyn and Goldman, Dana P.
- Fat Taxes: Big Money for Small Change by Chouinard, Hayley H/ Davis, David E/ LaFrance, Jeffrey T and Perloff, Jeffrey M
- A Primer on the Economics of Prescription Pharmaceutical Pricing in Health Insurance Markets by Berndt, Ernst R./ McGuire, Thomas and Newhouse, Joseph P.
The Impact of Children's Public Health Insurance Expansions on Educational Outcomes
Citation Information: Forum for Health Economics & Policy. Volume 12, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1558-9544, DOI: 10.2202/1558-9544.1137, May 2009
- Published Online:
This paper examines the impact of public health insurance expansions through both Medicaid and SCHIP on children's educational outcomes, measured by 4th and 8th grade reading and math test scores, available from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). We use a triple difference estimation strategy, taking advantage of the cross-state variation over time and across ages in children's health insurance eligibility. Using this approach, we find that test scores in reading, but not math, increased for those children affected at birth by increased health insurance eligibility. A 50 percentage point increase in eligibility is found to increase reading test scores by 0.09 standard deviations. We also examine whether the improvements in educational outcomes can be at least partially attributed to improvements in health status itself. First, we provide further evidence that increases in eligibility are linked to improvements in health status at birth. Second, we show that better health status at birth (measured by rates of low birth-weight and infant mortality), is linked to improved educational outcomes. Although the methods used to support this last finding do not completely eliminate potentially confounding factors, we believe it is strongly suggestive that improving children's health will improve their classroom performance.
Here you can find all Crossref-listed publications in which this article is cited. If you would like to receive automatic email messages as soon as this article is cited in other publications, simply activate the “Citation Alert” on the top of this page.