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Work-Related Health in Europe: Are Older Workers More at Risk?

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  • Jones, Melanie K.

    ()
    (Swansea University)

  • Latreille, Paul L.

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    (University of Sheffield)

  • Sloane, Peter J.

    ()
    (Swansea University)

  • Staneva, Anita V.

    ()
    (Swansea University)

Abstract

This paper uses the fourth European Working Conditions Survey (2005) to address the impact of age on work-related self-reported health outcomes. More specifically, the paper examines whether older workers differ significantly from younger workers regarding their job-related health risk perception, mental and physical health, sickness absence, probability of reporting injury and fatigue. Accounting for the 'healthy worker effect', or sample selection – in so far as unhealthy workers are likely to exit the labour force – we find that as a group, those aged 55-65 years are more 'vulnerable' than younger workers: they are more likely to perceive work-related health and safety risks, and to report mental, physical and fatigue health problems. As previously shown, older workers are more likely to report work-related absence.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6044.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2011
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Publication status: published in: Social Science and Medicine, 2013, 88, 18-29
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6044

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Keywords: mental health; physical health; absence; fatigue; endogeneity; healthy worker selection effect;

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