The Impact of Diabetes on Labor Market Outcomes in Mexico: A Panel Data and Biomarker Analysis

33 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2016

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Till Seuring

University of East Anglia (UEA)

Pieter M. Serneels

University of Oxford - Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE)

Marc Suhrcke

World Health Organization - European Office for Investment & Development

Abstract

There is limited evidence on the labor market impact of diabetes, and existing evidence tends to be weakly identified. Making use of Mexican panel data to estimate individual fixed effects models, we find evidence for adverse effects of self-reported diabetes on employment probabilities, but not on wages or hours worked. Complementary biomarker information for a cross section indicates a large diabetes population unaware of the disease. When accounting for this, the negative relationship of self-reported diabetes with employment remains, but does not extend to those unaware. This difference cannot be explained by more severe diabetes among the self-reports, but rather worse general health.

Keywords: diabetes, labor market, Mexico, biomarker, panel data

JEL Classification: J22, I15, D83

Suggested Citation

Seuring, Till and Serneels, Pieter M. and Suhrcke, Marc, The Impact of Diabetes on Labor Market Outcomes in Mexico: A Panel Data and Biomarker Analysis. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10123. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2822662

Till Seuring (Contact Author)

University of East Anglia (UEA) ( email )

Norwich Research Park
Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom

Pieter M. Serneels

University of Oxford - Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) ( email )

Oxford OX1 3UL
United Kingdom

Marc Suhrcke

World Health Organization - European Office for Investment & Development ( email )

Campo Santo Stefano
San Marco 2847
30124 Venice
Italy

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