Title

The Effect of Health Insurance on Death Rates

Date

5-26-2016 10:30 AM

End Time

26-5-2016 11:00 AM

Location

WUC Calapooia Room

Department

Business and Economics

Session Chair

John Leadley

Session Title

Business and Economics

Faculty Sponsor(s)

John Leadley

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Does the percentage of the US population not covered by health insurance affect the death rate of the population? To answer this research question, our study uses regression analysis on cross-section data from all 50 states for the age-adjusted death rate, the percentage of the population that is uninsured, the percentage of the adult population that has graduated from high school, the percentage of adults who smoke, and the percentage of adults that are overweight or obese. The estimated effect of being uninsured, while having the expected positive sign, was not statistically significant. The other independent variables were all statistically and economically significant. We discuss the results of this analysis with respect to findings of previous research on this topic and suggest policy recommendations.

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May 26th, 10:30 AM May 26th, 11:00 AM

The Effect of Health Insurance on Death Rates

WUC Calapooia Room

Does the percentage of the US population not covered by health insurance affect the death rate of the population? To answer this research question, our study uses regression analysis on cross-section data from all 50 states for the age-adjusted death rate, the percentage of the population that is uninsured, the percentage of the adult population that has graduated from high school, the percentage of adults who smoke, and the percentage of adults that are overweight or obese. The estimated effect of being uninsured, while having the expected positive sign, was not statistically significant. The other independent variables were all statistically and economically significant. We discuss the results of this analysis with respect to findings of previous research on this topic and suggest policy recommendations.