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The Effects of Work Hours on Physical and Mental Health of Late Prime Age Men and Women

Comfort F. Ricketts, Randall C. Campbell and Jon P. Rezek

The American Economist, 2019, vol. 64, issue 2, 216-236

Abstract: Our results show that negative returns to health outcomes set in at around 50 work hours per week, and that the negative effects of working long hours manifest earlier for women than men. Increased work hours are associated with higher incomes and better access to medical care. However, increased work hours also generate greater physical and mental stress, which may cause health problems. We examine these questions empirically with data from the 2006 wave of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY), using two-stage least squares to account for endogeneity of work hours and income in the health outcomes model. JEL Classifications : I10, J22, C36

Keywords: mental health; physical health; work hours (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1177/0569434519848977

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