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Title:Work-related health in Europe: Are older workers more at risk? PDF Logo
Authors:Jones, Melanie K.
Latreille, Paul L.
Sloane, Peter J.
Staneva, Anita V.
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6044
Abstract:This paper uses the fourth European Working Conditions Survey (2005) to address the impact of age on work-related self-reported health outcomes. More specifically, the paper examines whether older workers differ significantly from younger workers regarding their job-related health risk perception, mental and physical health, sickness absence, probability of reporting injury and fatigue. Accounting for the 'healthy worker effect', or sample selection in so far as unhealthy workers are likely to exit the labour force we find that as a group, those aged 55-65 years are more 'vulnerable' than younger workers: they are more likely to perceive work-related health and safety risks, and to report mental, physical and fatigue health problems. As previously shown, older workers are more likely to report work-related absence.
Subjects:mental health
physical health
absence
fatigue
endogeneity
healthy worker selection effect
JEL:I0
J28
J81
J20
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201110263882
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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