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Life-course health and labour market exit in 13 European countries: results from SHARELIFE

Avendano, Mauricio and Mackenbach, Johan P. (2011) Life-course health and labour market exit in 13 European countries: results from SHARELIFE. In: Borsch-Supan, Axel, Brandt, M. and Schröder, M., (eds.) The Individual and the Welfare State: Life Histories in Europe. Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, Berlin, pp. 203-214. ISBN 9783642174711

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Health is strongly associated with labor force participation, but the institutional mechanisms that explain this association remain unknown. This paper examines the impact of life-course illness on labor market exit based on reconstructed life histories of adult health and employment. We use newly collected data from the Retrospective Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARELIFE), linked to data on institutions for the period 1960-2009 in 13 countries. We find that periods of illness at any point during the life-course are associated with earlier exit from the labor market, but this association differs across countries with different institutions. While the level of investment in public health does not explain cross-country variations, higher investments in curative health care are associated with weaker effects of long-term illness on work duration. We find that higher unemployment benefits may work as incentive towards earlier exit from the labor market due to illness.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Springer-Verlag
Divisions: Social Policy
LSE Health
Lifecourse, Ageing & Population Health
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2011 12:58
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:26

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