Impacts of the ACA Medicaid Expansion on Health Behaviors
by Chad Cotti

A motivation for increasing health insurance coverage is to improve health outcomes for impacted populations. However, there may also be an increase in risky health behaviors due to ex ante moral hazard created by increased coverage, and past research on this issue has led to mixed conclusions. This projects attempts to exploit detailed panel data on household purchases to estimate the effects of the recent Medicaid expansion, in this case resulting from the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), on consumption goods that present adverse health risks. Specifically utilizing within-household variation to identify whether increases in the availability of Medicaid impacted household purchase patterns of alcohol, tobacco, snack food, or carbonated beverage products.

Stage of idea: Execution

Academic discipline(s): Economics; Health Economics

Created on Jan 18, 2017 and last updated on Oct 01, 2017.

Suggested citation: Cotti, Chad, 2017. "Impacts of the ACA Medicaid Expansion on Health Behaviors.",

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