Posted on 17 November 2016
Research by York economists Andrew Jones, Nigel Rice and Francesca Zantomio has been featured in the Understanding Society 2016 Insights report summarising findings from a unique database that gathers information about the lives of selected British households over time.
Their research investigates how workers who experience cancer, a stroke or a heart attack have responded in the post-crash labour market; do they leave the job market or remain in employment? If they remain in work, do they change how many hours they work, see their earnings fall, or perceive their employment as less secure, and do their feelings of attachment to their job or employer change?
A key finding of the study is that experiencing a sever health problem doubles the risk of leaving the labour market and increases disability benefit receipt. This is not necessarily a temporary reaction. The decrease in employment is confirmed in following years (up to two years following the timing of the health problems). Moreover, additional workers who have had severe health shocks leave the labour market in the longer run – after an attempt to adjust work patterns through reducing working hours.