Job Insecurity, Employability, and Health: An Analysis for Germany Across Generations

29 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2014

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Steffen Otterbach

University of Hohenheim - Institute for Health Care & Public Management; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Alfonso Sousa-Poza

University of Hohenheim - Institute of Household and Consumer Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

In this paper, we use 12 waves of the German Socio-Economic Panel to examine the relationship between job insecurity, employability and health-related well-being. Our results indicate that being unemployed has a strong negative effect on life satisfaction and health. They also, however, highlight the fact that this effect is most prominent among individuals over the age of 40. A second observation is that job insecurity is also associated with lower levels of life satisfaction and health, and this association is quite strong. This negative effect of job insecurity is, in many cases, exacerbated by poor employability.

Keywords: job insecurity, employment, employability, well-being, health, Germany

JEL Classification: J21, J22

Suggested Citation

Otterbach, Steffen and Sousa-Poza, Alfonso, Job Insecurity, Employability, and Health: An Analysis for Germany Across Generations. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8438, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2502298

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