The University of Massachusetts Amherst

CASEC Seminar | Dr. Qian Song

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 11:15am


The Sociology Department Colloquium and Special Events Committee is excited to welcome Dr. Qian Song, Assistant Professor in the Department of Gerontology at the McCormack Graduate School at UMass Boston, presenting a talk titled, Consequences of Job Loss on Health Over Two Decades: A Quasi-Experimental Study from Urban China.

While a large body of literature shows that involuntary job loss is associated with poorer health, this body of work is fraught with issues of causality and endogeneity. It is also less clear whether job loss leaves long-lasting scares on workers’ health. This research uses the policy-driven massive layoffs from the State-Owned Enterprises from teh mid-1990s to mid-2000s in urban China as a quasi-experiment, and employs over two decades of prospective data to improve our understanding of the causal relationships of job loss and health outcomes. Results show that the effects of job loss on health not only depend on the time after job loss, but also vary by specific health outcomes. Financial mechanisms, such as lack of medical insurance, reduced income, and financial insecurity only explain a small proportion of the effects.

To join the virtual event, please contact Prof. Aida Villanueva Montalvo of the CASEC Committee.

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) and co-sponsored with generous support from the School of Public Policy.