Some reports have suggested that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is already triggering an increase in part-time workers. Is this true?
So far, the available evidence suggests those claims are false. This Quick Strike analysis by the Urban Institute suggests that there is "no evidence that the ACA had already started increasing part-time work before 2014."
If the ACA was likely to have increased part-time work, how might it have happened?
Primarily in two ways:
Urban Institute researchers say their analysis offers more likely explanations. Their research indicates transitions between full-time and part-time work are consistent with historical patterns. Moreover, "These findings suggest that the increase in part-time work in 2014 is not ACA-related, but more likely due to a slower than normal recovery of full-time jobs following the great recession."