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Title:The impact of Chernobyl on health and labour market performance in the Ukraine PDF Logo
Authors:Lehmann, Hartmut
Wadsworth, Jonathan
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 4467
Abstract:Using longitudinal data from the Ukraine we examine the extent of any long-lasting effects of radiation exposure from the Chernobyl disaster on the health and labour market performance of the adult workforce. The variation in the local area level of radiation fallout from the Chernobyl accident is considered as a potential instrument to try to establish the causal impact of poor health on labour force participation, hours worked and wages. There appears to be a significant positive association between local area-level radiation dosage and health perception based on self-reported poor health status, though much weaker associations between local area-level dosage and other specific health conditions or labour market performance. Any effects on negative health perceptions appear to be stronger among women and older individuals.
Subjects:Chernobyl
health
labour market performance
JEL:H00
J00
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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