Labour markets and health

Labour Markets and Health

The ReSEP Health Group’s research in the area of ‘Labour Markets and Health’ can be found and explored with the list of outputs below.

Our team often undertakes work looking at the intersection between health and labour markets because labour markets are an important channel of influence for poverty traps. We provide two recent examples of work in this field.


 

Health Shocks and Labour Market Participation

We consider the impact of a deterioration in health on labour force participation using the first three waves of the National Income Dynamic Study (NIDS) and employing a new diagnosis of any serious chronic conditions or changes in the individual’s biometric risk factors as instrumental variables for a self-reported deterioration in health. As theory would predict, we find that a deterioration in health has a large, robust and negative causal effect on being willing and able to work.

The work is due to be published as a working paper soon. Please email carinebrunsdon@sun.ac.za if you want to be included on our health group’s distribution list for new working papers.

ReSEP members involved: Simphiwe Khoza, Ronelle Burger

 

Fertility and Labour Market Participation

The work is due to be published as a working paper soon. Please email carinebrunsdon@sun.ac.za if you want to be included on our health group’s distribution list for new working papers.

ReSEP members involved: Rulof Burger, Ronelle BurgerLaura Rossouw