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The effect of an early-career involuntary job loss on later life health in Europe

Voßemer, Jonas, Gebel, Michael, Nizalova, Olena, Nikolaieva, Olga (2018) The effect of an early-career involuntary job loss on later life health in Europe. Advances in Life Course Research, 35 . pp. 69-76. ISSN 1040-2608. (doi:10.1016/j.alcr.2018.01.001) (KAR id:66435)


Recent years have witnessed an increase in interest towards the long-term health consequences of early-career job loss and youth unemployment. Relying on detailed retrospective data from the third wave (2008/09) of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) this paper investigates whether an involuntary job loss in the first 10 years after labour market entry has lasting negative effects on health more than 30 years later. The results show that an early-career involuntary job loss due to a layoff or plant closure increases the probability of fair or poor self-rated health in late life by about 6 percentage points. Moreover, examining the mechanisms behind this relationship, the analysis reveals that the subsequent unemployment risks and employment instability only explain a small share of the total effect. In line with previous studies, these findings highlight the importance of early career experiences for workers’ later life health.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.alcr.2018.01.001
Uncontrolled keywords: Early career, Health, Job loss, Unemployment, Youth
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Olena Nizalova
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2018 11:06 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 19:10 UTC
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