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Does health insurance make people happier? Evidence from Massachusetts' healthcare reform / Seonghoon Kim (Singapore Management University and IZA), Kanghyock Koh (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserKim, Seonghoon ; Koh, Kanghyock
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, October 2018
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 11879
URNurn:nbn:de:hbz:5:2-169001 
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We study the effects of Massachusetts' healthcare reform on individuals' subjective wellbeing. Using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, we find that the reform significantly improved Massachusetts residents' overall life-satisfaction. This result is robust to various sensitivity checks and a falsification test. We also find that the reform improved mental health. An additional analysis on the Tennessee healthcare reform supports our findings' external validity. Using the reform as an instrument for health insurance coverage, we estimate its large impact on overall life-satisfaction. Our results provide novel evidence on the psychological consequences of Massachusetts' healthcare reform.