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Long-Term and Spillover Effects of Health Shocks on Employment and Income

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  • Pilar García-Gómez
  • Hans van Kippersluis
  • Owen O’Donnell
  • Eddy van Doorslaer

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We use matching combined with difference-in-differences to identify the causal effects of sudden illness, represented by acute hospitalizations, on employment and income up to six years after the health shock using linked Dutch hospital and tax register data. An acute hospital admission lowers the employment probability by seven percentage points and results in a 5 percent loss of personal income two years after the shock. There is no subsequent recovery in either employment or income. There are large spillover effects: Household income falls by 50 percent more than the income of the disabled person.

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  • Pilar García-Gómez & Hans van Kippersluis & Owen O’Donnell & Eddy van Doorslaer, 2013. "Long-Term and Spillover Effects of Health Shocks on Employment and Income," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 48(4), pages 873-909.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:48:y:2013:iv:1:p:873-909
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