Breast Cancer Survival, Work, and Earnings

TitleBreast Cancer Survival, Work, and Earnings
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsBradley, CJ, Bednarek, H, Neumark, D
JournalJournal of Health Economics
Call Numberpubs_2002_Bradley_CJHE.pdf
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 (HRS) linked to longitudinal social security earnings data, 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 employment. However, among survivors who work, hours of work, wages, and earnings are higher compared to women in the control group. We explore possible biases underlying these estimates, focusing on selection, but cannot rule out a causal interpretation. Our research points to heterogeneous labor market responses to breast cancer, and shows that breast cancer does not appear to be debilitating for women who remain in the work force.

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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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