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The Effect of Health on the Labor Force Behavior of Elderly Men in Canada

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  • Jon A. Breslaw
  • Morton Stelcner

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This paper estimates a model of the labor force behavior of elderly males in Canada, paying explicit attention to the influence of health. The authors construct a health index using data from the Canada Health Survey. We estimate an earnings equation for full-year, full-time participants to obtain the potential earnings of each individual. We then examine four labor force states, using a hierarchical elimination-by-aspects (HEBA) model. Our results suggest that health is as important as potential earnings in determining the labor force behavior of men in Canada.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.

Volume (Year): 22 (1987)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 490-517

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:22:y:1987:i:4:p:490-517

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  1. Au, Doreen & Crossley, Thomas F. & Schellhorn, Martin, 2004. "The Effect of Health Changes and Long-Term Health on the Work Activity of Older Canadians," IZA Discussion Papers 1281, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. David Madden & Ian Walker, 1999. "Labour Supply, Health and Caring - Evidence from the UK," Working Papers 199928, School Of Economics, University College Dublin.
  3. Derek Hum & Wayne Simpson, 1996. "Canadians with Disabilities and the Labour Market," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 22(3), pages 287-299, September.
  4. Rena M. Conti & Ernst R. Berndt & Richard G. Frank, 2006. "Early Retirement and Public Disability Insurance Applications: Exploring the Impact of Depression," NBER Working Papers 12237, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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