Breast Cancer Survival, Work, and Earnings

TitleBreast Cancer Survival, Work, and Earnings
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsBradley, CJ, Bednarek, H, Neumark, D
Series TitleNBER Working Paper
Document Number8134
InstitutionThe National Bureau of Economic Research
CityCambridge, MA
KeywordsDemographics, Employment and Labor Force, Health Conditions and Status, Healthcare, Medicare/Medicaid/Health Insurance, Methodology, Other, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction, Social Security, Women and Minorities

Relying on data from the Health and Retirement Study, we examine differences between breast cancer survivors and a non-cancer control group in employment, hours worked, wages, and earnings. Overall, breast cancer has a negative impact on the decision to work. However, among survivors who work, hours of work and, correspondingly, annual earnings are higher compared to women in the non-cancer control group. These findings suggest that while breast cancer has a negative effect on women's employment, breast cancer may not be debilitating for those who remain in the work force. We explore numerous possible biases underlying our estimates especially selection based on information in the Health and Retirement Study, and examine related evidence from supplemental data sources.

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Breast Neoplasms/Economics/Mortality/Radiography/Cohort Studies/Diagnostic Tests, Routine/Efficiency/Employment/Economics/Statistics and Numerical Data/Female/Human/Longitudinal Studies/Mammography/Utilization/Middle Age/Models, Econometric/Probability/Research Design/Retirement/Salaries and Fringe Benefits/Statistics and Numerical Data/Social Security/Support, U.S. Government--PHS/Survivors/Statistics and Numerical Data/United States/Epidemiology/Women, Working/Statistics and Numerical Data

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