The Effect of Job Loss on Health: Evidence from Biomarkers*

Short summary: 

The effect of job loss on health may explain part of the correlation between socio-economic conditions and health. The paper finds no evidence that business closures lead to worse health outcomes, but does find evidence that layoffs lead to diminished health. Accounting for self-reported health conditions prior to the layoff and subjective job loss expectations, it is estimated that a layoff could increase annual mortality rates by close to 10%.

Publication Authors: 
Pierre-Carl Michaud
Eileen Crimmins
Michael Hurd
Number: 
14-02
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