Health shocks adversely impact participation in the labour force in a working age population: a longitudinal analysis
Kristie N Carter, Fiona Imlach Gunasekara, Tony Blakely, Ken Richardson
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2013
BACKGROUND: It is well understood that health affects labour force participation (LFP). However, much of the published research has been on older (retiring age) populations and using subjective health measures. This paper aims to assess the impact of an objective measure of 'health shock' (cancer registration or hospitalisation) on LFP in a working age population using longitudinal panel study data and fixed effect regression analyses. METHODS: Seven waves of data from 2002-09 from the longitudinal Survey of Family, Income and Employment (SoFIE) were used, including working aged individuals who consented to have their survey information linked to health records (n=6,780). Fixed effect condit..View full abstract
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