The impact of health on labor supply near retirement

Monica S R D Costa-Dias, Richard Blundell, Jack Britton, Eric French*

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Estimates of how health affects employment vary considerably. We assess how different methods and health measures impact estimates of the impact of health on employment using a unified framework for the US and England. We find that subjective and objective health measures, and subjective measures instrumented by objective measures produce similar estimates when using sufficiently rich objective measures. Moreover, a single health index can capture the relevant health variation for employment. Health deterioration explains up to 15% of the decline in employment between ages 50 and 70. Effects are larger for the US than England, and for the low educated.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages81
JournalJournal of Human Resources
Early online date19 Jan 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Jan 2021


  • health
  • cognition
  • labor supply
  • retirement


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