The Effect of Children’s Medicaid Enrollment on School Days Missed: A Propensity Score Matching Approach

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ShiShu Zhang


Medicaid is the government insurance programthat provides health insuranceto the poor. The welfare economics literature demonstrates that Medicaid enrollmentlargely increased the utilization of medical service. However, the effect of Medicaidenrollment on children’s health conditions is uncertain. This paper used ‘days of schoolmissed due to illnesses or injury’ as the measurement to illustrate the effect of Medicaidenrollment on children’s health. Propensity score matching is applied to control for theselection bias problem. The average treatment effect and marginal effect of Medicaid onschool absences are estimated. (I1, I3)

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