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Title:Do people become healthier after being promoted? PDF Logo
Authors:Boyce, Christopher J.
Oswald, Andrew J.
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 3894
Abstract:This paper uses longitudinal data to explore whether greater job status makes a person healthier. Taking the evidence as a whole, promotees do not exhibit a health improvement after promotion. Instead the data suggest that workers with good health are more likely to be promoted. In the private sector, we find that job promotion significantly worsens people's psychological strain (on a GHQ score). For the public sector, there are some tentative signs of the reverse. We discuss caveats to our conclusions, suggest caution in their interpretation, and argue that further longitudinal studies are needed.
Subjects:Health
Whitehall studies
GHQ
locus of control
job satisfaction
mortality
status
JEL:I1
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20081219163
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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