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Heidelk, Tillmann1, Forfatter
Schjerning, Bertel2, Vejleder
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1Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultet, Københavns Universitet, København, Danmark, diskurs:7001              
2Økonomisk Institut, Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultet, Københavns Universitet, København, Danmark, diskurs:7014              
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Ukontrollerede emneord: Labor Mobility, Health, Occupational Choice, Binary Choice, Logit, Germany, GSOEP, German Socio-Economic Panel, Panel Data, Subjective Health, Agenda 2010
 Abstract: The overarching question, which will be answered in this work is, whether individual health affects individual labor mobility. To gain understanding labor mobility is understood in two dimensions. First, as changes in the occupation. Second, as alterations in the societal prestige of the work an agent pursues, indicating the `direction' of a change. To derive a conclusion four specific subquestions are investigated. First, are healthier individuals more likely to change their job? Yes. Second, is inter-temporal improvement in health also related to higher occupational mobility? Yes, at least for some. Third, does better health translate also to more prestigious positions in the economy? No. And fourth, in the early 2000s the German labor market underwent the largest reform in 60 years, the 'Agenda 2010'. Did the Agenda 2010 change any of those relationships? Maybe!

In more detail, four relationships receive attention. First, individual levels of subjective health measures `health satisfaction' and `health status' are set in relation to changes in occupation, measured by inter-temporal alterations of the four-digit code of the German classification of jobs. Second, the relationship running from the inter-temporal changes of these health measures to the same occupational mobility. Third, the impact of health on developments in prestige and status are considered via the "Magnitude-Prestigeskala" (Magnitude of Prestige Scale) MPS and the Standard International Occupational Prestige Scale. Fourth, the different relationships before and after start of the Agenda 2010 are considered. The analyses employ the first 27 waves of the German Socio-Economic Panel. Hence this work focusses only on the German economy.

The relevance for examining the topic stems from three simple points. First, the labor market and its dynamics are central to the understanding of the economy and its development over time. Second, the population's health and hence human capital of a nation is positively related to economic growth. Further, health has two other striking aspects. On the one hand it adds crucially to individual well-being. On the other hand, and in contrast to other elements of agents' human capital stock, it is prone to large negative shocks. Investigating labor mobility and health jointly marks the third reason. Few earlier studies have elucidated the relationship between job mobility, health, and a potential causal relationship between the two.

The present analysis may hence shed light on one channel through which health impacts the real economy. It may add to justifying the strong increases in health care spending across developing and advanced economies from a labor-market point of view and thereby provide policy suggestions.
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 Type: Speciale
Alternativ titel: On Labor Mobility and Health
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Sprog: English - eng
 Datoer: 2013-03-27
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 Publiceringsinfo: København : Københavns Universitet
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