The Wear and Tear on Health: What is the Role of Occupation?

26 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2013

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Bastian Ravesteijn

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE); Tinbergen Institute

Hans van Kippersluis

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE)

Eddy van Doorslaer

Erasmus School of Economics

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Date Written: September 14, 2013

Abstract

While it seems evident that occupations affect health, effect estimates are scarce. We use a job characteristics matrix in order to characterize occupations by their physical and psychosocial burden in German panel data spanning 26 years. Employing a dynamic model to control for factors that simultaneously affect health and selection into occupation, we find that manual work and low job control both have a substantial negative effect on health that increases with age. The effects of late career exposure to high physical demands and low control at work are comparable to health deterioration due to aging by 16 and 23 months respectively.

Suggested Citation

Ravesteijn, Bastian and van Kippersluis, Hans and van Doorslaer, Eddy, The Wear and Tear on Health: What is the Role of Occupation? (September 14, 2013). Netspar Discussion Paper No. 09/2013-028. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2327447 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2327447

Bastian Ravesteijn (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) ( email )

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Tinbergen Institute ( email )

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Hans Van Kippersluis

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) ( email )

Burg. Oudlaan 50
Rotterdam, NL 3062 PA
Netherlands

Eddy Van Doorslaer

Erasmus School of Economics ( email )

Netherlands

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