Economics Letters Publishes Depew’s Health Coverage Paper

08/29/2014 04:24 PM

BATON ROUGE – Economics Letters has published a submission that LSU Department of Economics Assistant Professor Briggs Depew and Eric Cardella of Texas Tech University co-authored. The paper, “The Effect of Health Insurance Coverage on the Reported Health of Young Adults,” concludes that individuals are six percent less likely to have health insurance when they turn 19, and that having health coverage significantly increases the likelihood of reporting excellent health among young adults.

“In light of recent health care reform, our results suggest that the large increase in the insurance coverage of young adults through the ACA’s dependent mandate has likely been accompanied with significant increases in their reported health status,” Depew said. “Whether the relationship between insurance and reported health is driven by access to care or changes in behavior, the point remains, having health insurance appears to lead to an increase in reported health, even in young adult populations who tend to have a relatively low demand for insurance.”

To read the paper in full, visit Economics Letters online at

Depew earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Arizona in 2013, and joined the faculty at LSU that same year. His research interests include labor economics, health economics, and U.S. Economics History.

According to publisher Elsevier, “Economics Letters aims to be a valuable addition to the specialist literature, offering quick dissemination and easy accessibility of new results, models and methods in all fields of economic research.” Contributions are usually limited to 2,000 words.

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Wendy  Marx 
E. J. Ourso College of Business

Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014