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Does Job Insecurity Deteriorate Health ? A Causal Approach for Europe

  • Eve Caroli

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    (University Paris Dauphine)

  • Mathilde Godard

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    (CREST)

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    This paper estimates the causal effect of perceived job insecurity - i.e. the fear of involuntary job loss - on health in a sample of 22 European countries. We rely on an original instrumental variable approach based on the idea that workers perceive greater job security in countries where employment is strongly protected by the law, and relatively more so if employed in industries where employment protection legislation is more binding, i.e. in industries with a higher natural rate of dismissals. Using cross-country data from the 2010 European Working Conditions Survey, we show that when the potential endogeneity of job insecurity is not accounted for, the latter appears to deteriorate almost all health outcomes. After controlling for endogeneity, the health-damaging effect of job insecurity is confirmed for a subgroup of health outcomes, namely self-rated health, being sick in the past 12 months, suffering from skin problems, headaches or eyestrain and stomach ache. As for other health variables, the impact of job insecurity appears to be insignificant at conventional

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    Date of creation: Oct 2013
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