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Age and work-related health: insights from the UK Labour Force Survey

Davies, Rhys ORCID:, Jones, Melanie ORCID: and Lloyd-Williams, Huw 2016. Age and work-related health: insights from the UK Labour Force Survey. British Journal of Industrial Relations 54 (1) , pp. 136-159. 10.1111/bjir.12059

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Data from the UK Labour Force Survey (LFS) are used to examine two methodological issues in the analysis of the relationship between age and work-related health. First, the LFS is unusual in that it asks work-related health questions to those who are not currently employed. This facilitates a more representative analysis than that which is constrained to focus only on those currently in work. Second, information in the LFS facilitates a comparison of work-related health problems that stem from current employment to a more encompassing measure that includes those related to a former job. We find that accounting for each of these sources of bias increases the age work-related health risk gradient, and suggest that ignoring such effects will underestimate the work-related health implications of current policies to extend working lives.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0007-1080
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 September 2018
Date of Acceptance: 3 January 2014
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 17:38

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