Migraine Headache and Labor Market Outcomes

40 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2012

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Daniel I. Rees

University of Colorado Denver; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Joseph J. Sabia

San Diego State University - Department of Economics

Abstract

While migraine headache can be physically debilitating, no study has attempted to estimate its effects on labor market outcomes. Using data drawn from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, we estimate the effect of migraine headache on labor force participation, hours worked, and wages. We find that migraine headache is associated with a decrease in wages. However, there is little evidence that migraine headache leads to reductions in labor force participation or hours worked. We conclude that estimates of the cost of migraine headache to society should include its impact on wages.

Keywords: migraine headache, wages, labor force participation, productivity

JEL Classification: I10, J30

Suggested Citation

Rees, Daniel I. and Sabia, Joseph J., Migraine Headache and Labor Market Outcomes. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7034, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2189772

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Joseph J. Sabia

San Diego State University - Department of Economics ( email )

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