Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/110763
Authors: 
Künn-Nelen, Annemarie
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9031
Abstract: 
This paper analyzes the relation between commuting time and health in the United Kingdom. I focus on four different types of health outcomes: subjective health measures, objective health measures, health behavior, and health care utilization. Fixed effect models are estimated with British Household Panel Survey data. I find that whereas objective health and health behavior are barely affected by commuting time, subjective health measures are clearly lower for people who commute longer. A longer commuting time is, moreover, related to more visits to the general practitioner. Effects turn out to be more pronounced for women and for commuters driving a car. For women, commuting time is also negatively related to regular exercise and positively to calling in sick.
Subjects: 
health
commuting time
transportation mode
JEL: 
I12
R41
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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