The Health Hazards of Unemployment and Poor Education: The Socioeconomic Determinants of Health Duration in the European Union

University of Aberdeen Business School Working Paper

Posted: 10 Jan 2008

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David Cooper

University of Aberdeen - Business School

W. David McCausland

University of Aberdeen - Business School

Ioannis Theodossiou

University of Aberdeen - Business School

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Date Written: March 2007

Abstract

The effect of socioeconomic status on the likelihood that an individual enters a period of poor health is examined using an Accelerated Failure Time methodology. This study employs data from the European Community Household Panel for the years 1994-2002 across 13 European countries, using the Physical and Mental Health Problems, Illnesses and Disabilities measure of physical health. Some socioeconomic status indicators do impact on the length of time an individual remains in good health - these being unemployment, which has a negative effect, and education, which has a positive effect - but others, such as income, have far less of an impact. Age and gender effects are also found.

Keywords: Unemployment, education, health duration, European Union

JEL Classification: C23, C33, I12, J100, J69

Suggested Citation

Cooper, David and McCausland, W. David and Theodossiou, Ioannis, The Health Hazards of Unemployment and Poor Education: The Socioeconomic Determinants of Health Duration in the European Union (March 2007). University of Aberdeen Business School Working Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1082211

David Cooper (Contact Author)

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W. David McCausland

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Ioannis Theodossiou

University of Aberdeen - Business School ( email )

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Aberdeen, Scotland AB24 3QY
United Kingdom

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