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The Effect Of Work Status And Working Conditions On Mental Health In Four Oecd Countries

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  • Ana Llena-Nozal

    (OECD, Ana.Llena-Nozal@oecd.org)

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This study aims to assess empirically whether being employed or returning to work is beneficial for all in terms of mental health, especially for those who already suffer from a longstanding illness or disability. We use longitudinal surveys from Australia, Canada, Switzerland and the UK to estimate panel data models that link decisions regarding labour market choices to health developments. To allow for state dependence of mental health, a dynamic panel model is used. The longitudinal analysis shows that non-employment generally is worse for mental health than working. The mental-health payoff to employment varies depending on the type of employment contract and working conditions. In particular, the mental health benefits for inactive individuals who obtain a non-standard job appear to be smaller than for those moving into standard employment arrangements, even after controlling for pre-existing mental health problems.

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Article provided by National Institute of Economic and Social Research in its journal National Institute Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 209 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
Pages: 72-87

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Handle: RePEc:sae:niesru:v:209:y:2009:i:1:p:72-87

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Keywords: Health; working conditions; models with panel data;

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Cited by:
  1. Alex Bryson & Petri Böckerman & Pekka Ilmakunnas, 2011. "Does High Involvement Management Improve Worker Wellbeing?," CEP Discussion Papers dp1095, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
  2. Bassanini, Andrea & Caroli, Eve, 2014. "Is Work Bad for Health? The Role of Constraint vs Choice," IZA Discussion Papers 7891, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Andrén, Daniela, 2010. "Part-time Sick Leave as a Treatment for Individuals with Mental Disorders?," Working Papers 2010:17, Örebro University, School of Business.

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