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Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis


Seminar looks at how health shocks affect employment

06 Nov 2013

Vincent Pohl, assistant professor of policy studies and economics at Queen’s University, will on Friday Nov. 8 discuss the results of his study: The effect of health shocks on employment: evidence from accidents in Chile.

The research used administrative employment data and hospital records to estimate the causal effect of health shocks on employment. Pohl says external health shocks such as accidents served as a source of exogenous variation in the study. To control for employment trends, he matched treatment and control groups on observables and employed a difference-in-differences strategy. The estimates show that health shocks reduce employment by about three percentage points. Women, individuals with little education, and those with severe shocks were found to be most affected.

Pohl, assistant professor of policy studies and economics at Queen’s, has a PhD in economics from Yale University; a Diplom, Economics from Universität Mannheim, and a BA in economics from University of California, Berkeley.

The seminar will take place on Friday Nov. 8 from 3 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. in Econ KTH 334.

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