Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Monica Das


This study will examine the impact of chronic health conditions on a household’s poverty level and their propensity to become impoverished, following the implementation of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This paper will investigate this relationship using social selection theory proposed by Sir Douglas Black in 1980. Using the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, this analysis will use logistic and ordinary least squares regression models to map causal effects between certain types of chronic health conditions and household poverty levels. Empirical evidence shows that there is no statistically significant effect of chronic health conditions on household poverty levels or their likelihood to become impoverished. However, there were numerous limitations in this study that had the potential to impact the findings.

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