Working Paper by Carlos Navarro Accepted for Publication

Jul 20, 2021
Summary: The working paper, "The Effect of Public Health Insurance on Criminal Recidivism" by PERC Senior Research Associate Carlos Navarro, along with co-authors Erkmen G. Aslim and Han Yu, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

In this working paper, the authors investigate the effects of public health insurance through Medicaid expansions under the Affordable Care Act on recidivism rates. Using administrative data on prison admission and release records from 2010 to 2016, findings show that the expansions decrease recidivism for both violent and public order crimes.