nep-mig New Economics Papers
on Economics of Human Migration
Issue of 2007‒07‒20
two papers chosen by
Yuji Tamura
Trinity College Dublin

  1. How Did SCHIP Affect the Insurance Coverage of Immigrant Children? By Thomas Buchmueller; Anthony Lo Sasso; Kathleen Wong
  2. Migration, remittances, poverty, and human capital : conceptual and empirical challenges By McKenzie, David; Sasin, Marcin J.

  1. By: Thomas Buchmueller; Anthony Lo Sasso; Kathleen Wong
    Abstract: The State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) significantly expanded public insurance eligibility and coverage for children in "working poor" families. Despite this success, it is estimated that over 6 million children who are eligible for public insurance remain uninsured. An important first step for designing strategies to increase enrollment of eligible but uninsured children is to determine how the take-up of public coverage varies within the population. Because of their low rates of insurance coverage and unique enrollment barriers, children of immigrants are an especially important group to consider. We compare the effect of SCHIP eligibility on the insurance coverage of children of foreign-born and native-born parents. In contrast to research on the earlier Medicaid expansions, we find similar take-up rates for the two groups. This suggests that state outreach strategies were not only effective at increasing take-up overall, but were successful in reducing disparities in access to coverage.
    JEL: I1 I18
    Date: 2007–07
  2. By: McKenzie, David; Sasin, Marcin J.
    Abstract: This paper reviews common challenges faced by researchers interested in measuring the impact of migration and remittances on income, poverty, inequality, and human capital (or, in general, " welfare " ) as well as difficulties confronting development practitioners in converting this research into policy advice. On the analytical side, the paper discusses the proper formulation of a research question, the choice of the analytical tools, as well as the interpretation of the results in the presence of pervasive endogeneity in all decisions surrounding migration. Particular attention is given to the use of instrumental variables in migration research. On the policy side, the paper argues that the private nature of migration and remittances implies a need to carefully spell out the rationale for interventions. It also notices the lack of good migration data and proper evaluations of migration-related government policies. The paper focuses mainly on microeconomic evidence about international migration, but much of the discussion extends to other settings as well.
    Keywords: Population Policies,Health Monitoring & Evaluation,Banks & Banking Reform,Anthropology,Voluntary and Involuntary Resettlement
    Date: 2007–07–01

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