Date of Award

Fall 2018

Document Type

Open Access Thesis


Moore School of Business

First Advisor

Lindsey Woodworth


The aim of this study is to estimate the effect of Medicaid expansion on the number of deaths from heart attacks using a difference in differences model. We modified the standard difference in differences framework to by including both state and year fixed effects to account for the fact that states expanded Medicaid at different times. Furthermore, we added state specific linear time trends as well as state unemployment rates as controls to test the robustness of the model. We obtained our data from the Center for Disease Control’s Underlying Causes of Death Database. We found that Medicaid expansion had a statistically insignificant effect on heart attack mortality which would imply that Medicaid expansion did not affect heart attack mortality.

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