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Health Shocks, Human Capital, and Labor Market Outcomes

Parro, Francisco and Pohl, R. Vincent (2018): Health Shocks, Human Capital, and Labor Market Outcomes.

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Abstract

Health, human capital, and labor market outcomes are linked through complex connections that are not fully understood. We explore these links by estimating a flexible yet tractable dynamic model of human capital accumulation in the presence of health shocks using administrative data from Chile. We find that (i) human capital mitigates the negative labor market effects of health events, (ii) these alleviating effects operate through channels involving occupational choice, the frequency of exposure to health events, and access to health care, and (iii) the effect of health shocks on labor market outcomes is heterogeneous across industries and types of diagnoses.

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