Work Expectations, Realizations, and Depression in Older Workers

TitleWork Expectations, Realizations, and Depression in Older Workers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsFalba, T, Sindelar, JL, Gallo, W
JournalJournal of Mental Health Policy and Economics
KeywordsConsumption and Savings, Disabilities, Employment and Labor Force, Health Conditions and Status

This study uses data from the Health and Retirement Study to explore whether ex ante work expectations, conditional on age-62 labor force status, affect depressive symptoms at age 62. The sample includes 4,387 workers who were less than 62 years of age at the study baseline (1992) and reached age 62 by the study endpoint (2004). Our outcome is a measure of depressive symptoms based on a short form of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression (CES-D) scale. The principal explanatory variable is the subjective probability of working full-time at age 62. Estimates from sex-stratified models indicate that among participants who were not working full time at age 62, men who provided a higher ex ante likelihood of full-time employment at 62 had significantly worse depressive symptoms than men who provided a lower likelihood. Similar effects were not found for women or participants working full time at age 62.


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Health Production/Economics of the Elderly/Handicapped/Non-labor Market Discrimination/Older Workers/depression

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Citation Key7399
PubMed ID20195005
PubMed Central IDPMC3434685