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Chronic illness and retirement in Jamaica, Volume 1
Author:Handa, Sudhanshu; Neitzert, Monica; Country:Jamaica;
Date Stored:2003/01/24Document Date:1998/03/31
Document Type:PublicationSubTopics:Environmental Economics & Policies; Poverty Assessment; Health Monitoring & Evaluation; Adolescent Health; Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems
ISBN:ISBN 0-8213-4087-5Language:English
Major Sector:(Historic)Health, Nutrition & PopulationRegion:Latin America & Caribbean
Report Number:LSM131Sub Sectors:(Historic)Reform and financing
Collection Title:Living standards measurement study (LSMS) working paper ; no. LSM 131Volume No:1

Summary: This paper explores the impact of six non-communicable chronic diseases (NCCDs) on the decision to retire among men and women aged 45-85 in Jamaica using the 1991 and 1992 Survey of Living Conditions data base. We find that the presence of a chronic disease has a significantly negative impact on remaining in employment among this population, that the effect of diabetes and hypertension are especially large, that there are substantial differences in the effects of chronic disease on retirement by gender, and that the presence of chronic diseases is more likely to lead to retirement among the lower socioeconomic classes and among upper class men. Because the use of NCCDs in this type of analysis is rare, we perform a sensitivity analysis to control for potential measurement issues which confirms the significance of chronic diseases as a factor in early retirement. Our findings suggest the need to integrate health and labor market policies.

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