Is Unemployment Harmful to Health? Evidence from Britain

University of Aberdeen Working Paper

Center for European Labor Market Discussion Paper No. 2007-12

38 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2007

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David Cooper

University of Aberdeen - Business School

W. David McCausland

University of Aberdeen - Business School

Ioannis Theodossiou

University of Aberdeen - Business School

Date Written: March 2007

Abstract

This paper investigates the effects of unemployment on health in Britain. It examines the effects of socio-economic variables on the duration of spells of good health by using an accelerated failure time model. Two different measures of health are used, self-assessed health and mobility problems (an objective health index based on a modified 'activities of daily living' index). Furthermore, the paper analyses whether socio-economic effects on good health duration vary between males and females and between the older and younger workforce. The analysis takes into account the role of lifestyle factors. It is found that employment status, education and income have significant effects on the duration of spells of good health. Importantly, unemployment adversely affects the duration of spells of good health, and income exerts a significant positive effect.

Keywords: Unemployment duration, hazard functions

JEL Classification: C23, C33, I12, J100, J69

Suggested Citation

Cooper, David and McCausland, W. David and Theodossiou, Ioannis, Is Unemployment Harmful to Health? Evidence from Britain (March 2007). University of Aberdeen Working Paper; Center for European Labor Market Discussion Paper No. 2007-12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=975240 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.975240

David Cooper

University of Aberdeen - Business School ( email )

Edward Wright Building
Dunbar Street
Aberdeen, Scotland AB24 3QY
United Kingdom

W. David McCausland (Contact Author)

University of Aberdeen - Business School ( email )

Edward Wright Building
Dunbar Street
Old Aberdeen AB24 3QY, Scotland AB24 3QY
United Kingdom

Ioannis Theodossiou

University of Aberdeen - Business School ( email )

Edward Wright Building
Dunbar Street
Aberdeen, Scotland AB24 3QY
United Kingdom

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