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Job loss is bad for your health - Swedish evidence on cause-specific hospitalization following involuntary job loss
Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation.
2009 (English)In: Social Science and Medicine, ISSN 0277-9536, E-ISSN 1873-5347, Vol. 68, no 8, 1396-1406 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper examines the impact of job loss on a number of non-fatal health events, which are nonetheless severe enough to require hospital in-patient care. We focus on job loss due only to establishment closures, as this reduces the problem of distinguishing between causation and selection. Using linked employee-employer register data, we identify the job losses due to all establishment closures in Sweden in 1987 or 1988. During a subsequent 12-year period, we find that job loss significantly increases the risk of hospitalization due to alcohol-related conditions, among both men and women, and due to traffic accidents and self-harm, among men only. We find no evidence, however, that job loss increased the risk of severe cardiovascular diseases such as myocardial infarction or stroke.

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2009. Vol. 68, no 8, 1396-1406 p.
Keyword [en]
Sweden, Plant closure, Displaced workers, Hospital admission, Unemployment, Ill-health
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-148691DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.01.021ISI: 000265813600005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-148691DiVA: diva2:402862
Available from: 2011-03-10 Created: 2011-03-09 Last updated: 2011-03-10Bibliographically approved

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