EXCEPT researchers Jonas Voßemer, Michael Gebel, Olena Nizalova and Olga Nikolaieva published the article "The effect of an early-career involuntary job loss on later life health in Europe" in the journal Advances in Life Course Research


Relying on detailed retrospective data from the third wave (2008/09) of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) the paper investigates whether an involuntary job loss in the first 10 years after labour market entry has lasting negative effects on health more than 30 years later. The results show that an early-career involuntary job loss due to a layoff or plant closure increases the probability of fair or poor self-rated health in late life by about 6 percentage points. Moreover, examining the mechanisms behind this relationship, the analysis reveals that the subsequent unemployment risks and employment instability only explain a small share of the total effect. In line with previous studies, these findings highlight the importance of early career experiences for workers’ later life health.

The article is open access and can be downloaded from here.

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