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Medicaid and intergenerational economic mobility

Research has shown that there is geographic variation in levels of economic mobility (change in economic status), but the reasons for this variation are not well understood. One potential cause is differential access to health insurance. Whereas studies have shown that health insurance coverage may reduce the transmission of economic disadvantage from parents to children, to date there has been no direct assessment of the effect of expanding insurance coverage on intergenerational economic mobility in the United States. In this article, I describe work done with Cassandra Robertson to explore whether the Medicaid expansions of the 1980s and 1990s had an effect on intergenerational economic mobility.1


Child Poverty, Children, Health, Health General, Inequality & Mobility, Intergenerational Poverty


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