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The health hazards of unemployment and poor education: the socioeconomic determinants of health duration in the European Union

By D. Cooper, W. David McCausland and Ioannis Theodossiou


The effect of socioeconomic status on the likelihood that an individual enters a period of poor health is examined using an Accelerated Failure Time methodology. This study employs data from the European Community Household Panel for the years 1994-2002 across 13 European countries, using the Physical and Mental Health Problems, Illnesses and Disabilities measure of physical health. Some socioeconomic status indicators do impact on the length of time an individual remains in good health – these being unemployment, which has a negative effect, and education, which has a positive effect – but others, such as income, have far less of an impact. Age and gender effects are also found.European Commission, Fifth Framework\ud Programme “Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources” (contract number:\ud QLRT-2001-02292)

Topics: Unemployment, education, health duration, European Union
Year: 2007
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