Non-standard work schedules and health outcomes in Australia : some evidence from the HILDA Panel

Ulker, Aydogan 2006, Non-standard work schedules and health outcomes in Australia : some evidence from the HILDA Panel, Australian journal of labour economics, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 417-445.

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Title Non-standard work schedules and health outcomes in Australia : some evidence from the HILDA Panel
Author(s) Ulker, AydoganORCID iD for Ulker, Aydogan
Journal name Australian journal of labour economics
Volume number 9
Issue number 4
Start page 417
End page 445
Total pages 29
Publisher Centre for Labour Market Research
Place of publication Perth, W. A.
Publication date 2006-12
ISSN 1328-1143
Summary What does the around-the-clock economic activity mean for workers' health? Despite the fact that non-standard work accounts for an increasing share of the job opportunities, relatively little is known about the potential consequences for health and the existing evidence is ambiguous. In this paper I examine the associations between non-standard job schedules and workers' physical and mental health outcomes using longitudinal data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA). Specifically, the four health indicators considered are self-rated health and the SF-36 health indices for general health, mental health and physical functioning. Overall results generally suggest a negative relationship between non-standard work schedules and better health for both males and females. Regarding the statistical significance and magnitudes of the associations, however, we observe apparent differences between males and females. Among females, most of the coefficients in all models are statistically insignificant, which implies very small magnitudes in terms of the correlation between non-standard working hours and health. These results apply uniformly to all health measures investigated. Among males, on the other hand, the negative relationship is more noticeable for self-rated health, general health and physical functioning than for mental health. The pooled OLS and random effects coefficients are usually larger in magnitude and more significant than the fixed effects parameters. Nonetheless, even the more significant coefficients do not imply large effects in absolute terms.
Language eng
Field of Research 140211 Labour Economics
Socio Economic Objective 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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