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Job loss, firm-level heterogeneity and mortality: Evidence from administrative data

Hans Bloemen (), Stefan Hochguertel and Jochem Zweerink

Journal of Health Economics, 2018, vol. 59, issue C, 78-90

Abstract: This paper estimates the effect of job loss on mortality for older male workers with a strong labor force attachment. Using Dutch administrative data, we find that job loss due to firm closure increased the probability of death within five years by a sizable 0.60 percentage points. Importantly, this effect is estimated using a model that controls for firm-level worker characteristics, such as lagged firm-level annual average mortality rates. On the mechanism driving the effect of job loss on mortality, we provide evidence for an effect running through stress and changes in life style.

Keywords: Job loss; Mortality; Treatment effect (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 I10 J63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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