Past Unemployment Experience and Health Status

University of Aberdeen Business School Working Paper No. 2007-17

Posted: 11 Jan 2008

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Athina Economou

University of Macedonia - Department of Economics

Agelike Nikolaou

University of Macedonia - Department of Economics

Ioannis Theodossiou

University of Aberdeen - Business School

Date Written: March 2007

Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between individual past unemployment experience and alternative measures of individual health state after controlling for a number of current characteristics and current socio-economic status. Three alternative indicators of past unemployment status are used namely; the number and the duration of past unemployment spells. The study finds a cumulative effect of prolonged past unemployment experience on current individual health status. It also finds that those who are wealthier are also healthier. Finally the different institutional and cultural frameworks prevailing across different EU countries appear to affect the health - past unemployment experience relationship.

Keywords: Health status, Unemployment duration, Relative income position

JEL Classification: D31, I12, I32, J64

Suggested Citation

Economou, Athina and Nikolaou, Agelike and Theodossiou, Ioannis, Past Unemployment Experience and Health Status (March 2007). University of Aberdeen Business School Working Paper No. 2007-17, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1082711

Athina Economou

University of Macedonia - Department of Economics ( email )

Thessaloniki, 54006
Greece

Agelike Nikolaou

University of Macedonia - Department of Economics ( email )

Thessaloniki, 54006
Greece

Ioannis Theodossiou (Contact Author)

University of Aberdeen - Business School ( email )

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Aberdeen, Scotland AB24 3QY
United Kingdom

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