I study job lock and job push, the twin phenomena believed to be caused by employment-contingent health insurance (ECHI). Using variation in Medicaid eligibility among house-hold members of male workers as a proxy for shifts in workers dependence on employment for health insurance, I estimate large job lock and job push eﬀects. For married workers, Medicaid eligibility for one household member results in an increase in the likelihood of a voluntary job exit over a four-month period by approximately 34%. For job push, the transition rate into jobs with ECHI among all workers falls on average by 26%.
Barkowski, Scott, "Does Government Health Insurance Reduce Job Lock and Job Push?" (2017). Publications. 16.