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Job displacement and stress-related health outcomes.
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PMID:  16518795     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We investigate whether job loss as the result of displacement causes hospitalization for stress-related diseases which are widely thought to be associated with unemployment. In doing this, we use much better data than any previous investigators. Our data are a random 10% sample of the male population of Denmark for the years 1981-1999 with full records on demographics, health and work status for each person, and with a link from every working person to a plant. We use the method of 'matching on observables' to estimate the counter-factual of what would have happened to the health of a particular group of displaced workers if they had not in fact been displaced. Our results indicate unequivocally that being displaced in Denmark does not cause hospitalization for stress-related disease. An analysis of the power of our test suggests that even though we are looking for a relatively rare outcome, our data set is large enough to show even quite small an effect if there were any. Supplementary analyses do not show any causal link from displacement or unemployment to our health outcomes for particular groups that might be thought to be more susceptible.
Martin Browning; Anne Moller Dano; Eskil Heinesen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health economics     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1057-9230     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Econ     Publication Date:  2006 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-09-28     Completed Date:  2007-01-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9306780     Medline TA:  Health Econ     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1061-75     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright (c) 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Centre for Applied Microeconometrics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
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MeSH Terms
Length of Stay
Middle Aged
Models, Econometric
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)*
Stress, Psychological*
Unemployment / psychology*,  trends

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