The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Consequences of Job Loss on Health Over Two Decades: A Quasi-Experimental Study from Urban China

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 11:15am

A talk by Qian Song, assistant professor in the Department of Gerontology at the McCormack Graduate School at UMass Boston.

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 the 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 UMass Sociology Department Colloquium and Special Events Committee, which is hosting the event.

Cosponsored by the School of Public Policy and the Institute for Social Science Research.

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Aida Villanueva Montalvo



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