Replication data for: Unhealthy Insurance Markets: Search Frictions and the Cost and Quality of Health Insurance

James B. Rebitzer, Mark E. Votruba, Lowell J. Taylor & Randall D. Cebul
We analyze the effect of search frictions in the market for commercial health insurance. Frictions increase insurance premiums (enough to transfer 13.2 percent of consumer surplus from fully insured employer groups to insurers—approximately $34.4 billion in 1997); and increase insurance turnover (by 64 percent for the average policy). This rent transfer harms consumers and—when combined with heightened turnover—reduces incentives to invest in future health. We also find that a publicly financed insurance option can improve...
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