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Alexander Ahammer

Department of Economics
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Room K157D
Altenberger Stra├če 69
Linz
Austria

E-Mail: Alexander.Ahammer@jku.at
Institutional Affiliation: Johannes Kepler University Linz

NBER Working Papers and Publications

May 2020Dying to Work: Effects of Unemployment Insurance on Health
with Analisa Packham: w27267
Using administrative data for Upper Austrian workers from 2003--2013, we show that an extension in unemployment insurance (UI) duration increases unemployment length and impacts worker physical and mental health. These effects vary by gender. Specifically, we find that women eligible for an additional 9 weeks of UI benefits fill fewer opioid and antidepressant prescriptions and experience a lower likelihood of filing a disability claim, as compared to non-eligible unemployed women. Moreover, estimates indicate within-household spillovers for young children. For men, we find that extending UI benefit duration increases the likelihood of a cardiac event and eventual disability retirement filing.
 
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