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By Hartmut Lehmann and Jonathan Wadsworth and Jonathan WadsworthHartmut Lehmann and Jonathan Wadsworth


Thanks to Lenina Akkineni for invaluable research assistance. Thanks to Natalia Karchenko at KISS for most helpful advice on the dataset. Thanks to participants at the November 2008, IZA Using longitudinal data from the Ukraine we examine the extent of any long-lasting effects of radiation exposure from the Chernobyl disaster on the health and labour market performance of the adult workforce. The variation in the level of radiation exposure from the Chernobyl accident is considered as a potential instrument to try to establish the causal impact of poor health on labour force participation, hours worked and wages. There appears to be a significant positive association between local area-level radiation dosage and self-reported poor health status, though much weaker associations between local area-level dosage and other specific health conditions. Any effects on negative health perceptions appear to be stronger among women and older individuals

Year: 2009
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