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Employment propensity: The roles of mental and physical health

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  • Gail Pacheco

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  • Don J. Webber

Abstract

This paper presents an investigation into the impacts of mental and physical health on the propensity to be employed. Health status is parameterised using three physical and three mental health indicators. After controlling for various socioeconomic factors, the application of limited dependent variable regression techniques generates results which indicate that activity-limiting physical health and accomplishment-limiting mental health issues significantly affect the propensity to be employed. Further investigations reveal gender and ethnicity divides and that health is exogenous to employment status.

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  • Gail Pacheco & Don J. Webber, 2011. "Employment propensity: The roles of mental and physical health," Working Papers 2011-01, Auckland University of Technology, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:aut:wpaper:201101
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    Keywords

    Mental health; Physical health; Employment status; Ethnicity; Gender;

    JEL classification:

    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • J29 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Other
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination

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