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Health, Labour Supply and Wages: A Critical Review of Literature

  • Amrita Ghatak

    (Institute for Social and Economic change)

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    This article addresses the research question, how does general physical health status influence the labour supply behaviour and labour productivity? It deals with the issues that are dealt by the economists to explain the mechanism through which health as a form of human capital is related to labour productivity and labour supply decision. This article discusses the definition and measurements of health, theories that try to explain the health-productivity linkage, followed by a description of empirical studies that address the issue, both at the macro and micro levels. The review identifies the knowledge gaps important for further research in this area.

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    Paper provided by Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore in its series Working Papers with number 244.

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    Length: 26 pages
    Date of creation: 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:sch:wpaper:244
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