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Silvia Helena Barcellos is an economist at the Dornsife College of Letters Arts and Sciences Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) at the University of Southern California.

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Articles

Education Improves Some Aspects Of Health But May Worsen Others

We study how secondary education affects different dimensions of health in middle age. A policy change in England, Wales, and Scotland that increased the minimum school-leaving age from 15 to 16 years old improved health by reducing body fat and lung conditions, but it also increased blood pressure. (more…)

Medical Expenditure Risk: How Medicare Protects the Elderly and What Would Change with Proposed Reforms

A key goal of health insurance is to protect individuals against the risk of large unexpected medical expenditures. This function is particularly important (more…)

Uninformed Decision Making: How Prepared are Americans to Navigate the ACA?

In an effort to reduce the uninsured population in the U.S., the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) introduced health insurance exchanges in October 2013. Since then, people without health insurance can go into these exchanges at open enrollment periods and directly purchase coverage, choosing from a menu of dozens (and sometimes hundreds) different plans. (more…)

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