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The Impact of Poor Health Behaviors on Workforce Disability

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  • Caroline Richardson

    (University of Michigan)

  • Jennifer T. Hanlon

    (University of Michigan)

  • Hillary J. Mull

    (University of Michigan)

  • Sandeep Vijan

    (University of Michigan)

  • Rodney Hayward

    (University of Michigan)

  • Linda A. Wray

    (Pennsylvania State University)

  • Kenneth M. Langa

    (University of Michigan)

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    Abstract

    The effects of poor health habits on mortality have been studied extensively. However, few studies have examined the impact of these health behaviors on workforce disability. In the Health and Retirement Study, a nationally representative cohort of 6044 Americans who were between the ages of 51 and 61 and who were working in 1992, we found that both baseline smoking status and a sedentary lifestyle predict workforce disability six years later. If this relationship is causal, cost-benefit analyses of health behavior intervention that neglect workforce disability may substantially underestimate the benefits of such interventions.

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    Paper provided by University of Michigan, Michigan Retirement Research Center in its series Working Papers with number wp057.

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    Length: 19 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 2003
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    Handle: RePEc:mrr:papers:wp057

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