Health insurance and female labor supply in Taiwan

Y. J. Chou, Douglas Staiger*

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We examine whether the availability of subsidized health insurance to the non-working population in Taiwan affected the labor force participation of married women. Our empirical identification exploits the fact that such insurance was first made available to wives of government employees, before being made universally available in Taiwan in 1995. We find that the availability of insurance for non-workers was associated with a 4 percentage point decline in labor force participation among married women, with larger declines among women from low income households. Countries considering universal health insurance as in Taiwan should anticipate similar declines in labor force participation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-211
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Health Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001


  • Labor supply
  • National health insurance
  • Taiwan


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