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J Health Econ. 2012 Jul;31(4):599-616. doi: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2012.03.001. Epub 2012 Apr 24.

Effect of job loss due to plant closure on mortality and hospitalization.

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Department of Economics, University of Oxford, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ, United Kingdom.


We investigate whether job loss due to plant closure causes an increased risk of (cause-specific) mortality and hospitalization for male workers having strong labour market attachment. We use administrative data: a panel of all persons in Denmark in the period 1980-2006, containing records on health and work status, and a link from workers to plants. We use propensity score weighting combined with non-parametric duration analysis. We find that job loss increases the risk of overall mortality and mortality caused by circulatory disease; of suicide and suicide attempts; and of death and hospitalization due to traffic accidents, alcohol-related disease, and mental illness.

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