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Health and Employment amongst Older Workers

Jack Britton and Eric French ()

No 14422, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: Health and employment are strongly correlated. This paper reviews the existing evidence and brings in new evidence on the following issues: (a) the measurement of health; (b) the impact of health on employment rather than just the association between health and employment; (c) the mechanisms by which health impacts employment; and (d) the likely effect of recent retirement and disability policy changes in the UK. Although the magnitude of the estimated effect of health on employment varies greatly from study to study, some of this variation is driven by the health measure used. Given our preferred measure, the evidence suggests that 5-10 percent of the employment decline between ages 50 and 70 is due to declining health in England, with the largest effects among low-educated men. Most of the effect comes through declining preferences for work and lower productivity when in bad health, although some of the effect is from government-provided incentives to not work when in bad health, such as from disability benefits.

Keywords: health; Labour Supply; retirement (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 I18 J26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-02
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-age, nep-eur and nep-hea
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