publication . Preprint . 2009

Employer Health Benefit Costs and Demand for Part-Time Labor

Jennifer Feenstra Schultz; David Doorn;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Apr 2009
The link between rising employer costs for health insurance benefits and demand for part-time workers is investigated using non-public data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey- Insurance Component (MEPS-IC). The MEPS-IC is a nationally representative, annual establishment survey from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Pooling the establishment level data from the MEPS-IC from 1996-2004 and matching with the Longitudinal Business Database and supplemental economic data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a reduced form model of the percent of total FTE employees working part-time is estimated. This is modeled as a function of the employ...
free text keywords: employer health insurance costs; labor demand; part-time employment
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