Economist Casey B. Mulligan runs the numbers and concludes that for many, part time employment may become a more attractive option when tax credit subsidies for health coverage purchased on state health insurance exchange marketplaces is factored in.
Part time employment has been on an uptick since the start of the economic downturn in 2008 as this NYT article notes. However, many part timers would prefer full time positions and the health benefits that come with them. The exchange subsidies could change the calculation and possibly not only make part time work more palatable but also reinforce its rise.
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