Return to work after cancer and pre-cancer job dissatisfaction

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Eskil Heinesen, Christophe Kolodziejczyk, Jacob Ladenburg, Ingelise Andersen, Karsten Thielen

We investigate the association between pre-cancer job dissatisfaction and return-to-work probability 3 years after a cancer diagnosis. We use a Danish data set combining administrative data and a survey to breast and colon cancer survivors. We find that the return-to-work probability has a negative correlation with pre-cancer job dissatisfaction with mental demands (where the correlation is driven by the high-educated) and with physical demands and the superior (where the correlation is driven by the low-educated). Educational gradients in the probability of returning to work after cancer are not significantly affected by controlling for pre-cancer job dissatisfaction and pre-cancer ability to work.

Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Economics
Issue number49
Pages (from-to)4982-4998
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Research areas

  • ability to work, desire to work, educational gradient, employment, Health shock, job satisfaction

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