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La relation Chomage-sante: Une etude longitudinale. (Unemployment and Mental Health: A Longitudinal Analysis. With English summary.)


  • Francine Mayer
  • Paul-Martel Roy


The cost of unemployment may be broken down into two components: economic and social costs. This paper considers one aspect of social costs: the relation between unemployment and health. It makes use of panel data collected in a survey specifically designed to analyze this relation. These data enable us to construct a validated measure of mental health. Using a fixed effects model, the authors show that the risk of deterioration of mental health is greater among the unemployed. This may generate long-term effects leading to withdrawal from the labor market and greater dependency on social welfare programs.

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  • Francine Mayer & Paul-Martel Roy, 1991. "La relation Chomage-sante: Une etude longitudinale. (Unemployment and Mental Health: A Longitudinal Analysis. With English summary.)," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 24(3), pages 551-562, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:24:y:1991:i:3:p:551-62

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