"The Effect of Universal Insurance on Health-Related Outcomes in Mexico”
with Charles Courtemanche

“Seguro Popular” is a universal coverage initiative started in 2002 in Mexico that offers public insurance to all citizens, giving free health care to the around half of the Mexican population. This paper studies the effect of “Seguro Popular” on health-related outcomes and risky behaviors like smoking and drinking using rollout information in “Seguro Popular” and longitudinal data from the Mexican Family Life Survey (MXFLS). Our identification strategy relies on pairing observations from the panel survey using the month of interview to rollout data by quarter both at the municipality level.

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