Job Loss, Firm-Level Heterogeneity and Mortality: Evidence from Administrative Data

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Hans Bloemen

VU University Amsterdam; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Tinbergen Institute; Netspar

Stefan Hochguertel

VU University Amsterdam; Tinbergen Institute

Jochem Zweerink

Utrecht University

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Date Written: November 16, 2015

Abstract

This paper estimates the effect of job loss on mortality for older male workers with strong labor force attachment. Using Dutch administrative data, we find that job loss due to sudden firm closure increased the probability to die within five years by a sizable 0.60 percentage points. Importantly, this effect is estimated using a model that controls for firm-level worker characteristics, such as firm-level average mortality rates for mortality during the four years prior to the year of observation. On the mechanism driving the effect of job loss on mortality, we provide evidence for an effect running through stress and changes in life style.

Keywords: Job loss, mortality, treatment effect

JEL Classification: C21, I10, J63

Suggested Citation

Bloemen, Hans and Hochguertel, Stefan and Zweerink, Jochem, Job Loss, Firm-Level Heterogeneity and Mortality: Evidence from Administrative Data (November 16, 2015). Netspar Discussion Paper No. 11/2015-033, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2691440 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2691440

Hans Bloemen

VU University Amsterdam ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Stefan Hochguertel

VU University Amsterdam ( email )

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Tinbergen Institute

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Jochem Zweerink (Contact Author)

Utrecht University ( email )

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Utrecht, Utrecht 3584 EC
Netherlands

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