Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/93285
Authors: 
Bassanini, Andrea
Caroli, Eve
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 7891
Abstract: 
This paper reviews the literature on the impact of work on health. We consider work along two dimensions: (i) the intensive margin, i.e. how many hours an individual works and (ii) the extensive margin, i.e. whether an individual is in employment or not, independent of the number of hours worked. We show that most of the evidence on the negative health impact of work found in the literature is based on situations in which workers have essentially no control (no choice) over the amount of work they provide. In essence, what is detrimental to health is not so much work per se as much as the gap which may exist between the actual and the desired amount of work, both at the intensive and extensive margins.
Subjects: 
health
work
retirement
hours worked
job loss
individual choice
JEL: 
I10
I31
J22
J28
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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