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Journal Article

No gain in pain: psychological well-being, participation, and wages in the BHPS


Publication date

Dec 2020


Accounting for endogeneity, unobserved heterogeneity, and sample selection in an unified framework, we investigate the effect of psychological well-being on wages and labour market participation using a panel from the British Household Panel Survey. We find the effect of psychological well-being on labour market outcomes to differ across gender. In particular, psychological distress significantly reduces participation across genders, but, conditional on participation, has a significant negative effect on hourly wages only in the female sample.

Published in

European Journal of Health Economics

Volume and page numbers

21 , 1375 -1389





Psychology, Labour Market, Wages And Earnings, Well Being, and Health


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