Too Stressed to Work: The Effects of Job Stressors on Health and Employment Outcomes Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Tran, Tan
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Economics
  • In this dissertation, I examine the effects of several psychological stressors including perceived job stress, job demand, job control, and job security on mental and physical health outcomes. Individual perceptions of job stressors are captured using eleven years of self-reported data from the House, Income, and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey. I jointly estimate a set of correlated dynamic equations representing several employment behaviors at the extensive and intensive margins, individual evaluation of job stressors, and mental and physical health outcomes; the empirical framework accounts for job selection, for endogeneity of job stressors and for dynamic relationships among work, stressors and health. The results confirm that subjective job stressors causally impact health, with the effects being stronger for mental health. In addition, I find the effects of job-related stressors to be stronger for females than males. Interestingly, corrections for selection and endogeneity bias suggest that these biases led to underestimates of the true stressor impacts for females and overestimates for males.
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  • Fruehwirth, Jane
  • Gilleskie, Donna B.
  • Tauchen, Helen
  • Guilkey, David
  • Flabbi, Luca
  • Doctor of Philosophy
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017

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