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Labour Supply, Health and Caring - Evidence from the UK

  • David Madden

    (University College Dublin)

  • Ian Walker

    (University of Warwick)

This paper investigates the impact of own-health,and that of others, on individual labour supply. We estimate a model of hours of caring and hours of work using a large micro dataset of UK households. We find that own ill health has a negative effect on wages for men but not women; being a carer has a negative effect on wages for women but not men; and that unobservables associated with caring are positively correlated with wages for men but not for women. We also find that own ill health has a strong negative effect on the labour supply of both men and women and a negative effect on their supply of caring. We also find that hours caring are responsive to wages for women.

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Paper provided by School Of Economics, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 199928.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 19 Nov 1999
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Handle: RePEc:ucn:wpaper:199928
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