The health and capacity to work of older men and women in Canada Kevin Milligan ~ Vancouver School of Economics ~ University of British Columbia

The health and capacity to work of older men and women in Canada

with Tammy Schirle.
Canadian Public Policy, forthcoming.
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We address the health capacity to work among Canadian older workers using two complementary methods, aggregate mortality risk and individual health indicators. We find that men in 2012 would need to work more than five additional years between ages 55-69 to keep pace with how much men in 1976 worked, holding health capacity constant. For working women, the comparable result is only two years more work. Most of these gaps arose before the mid-1990s, as employment advances have offset mortality improvements since then. Regionally, more than half the Ontario-Atlantic employment difference among older men is rooted in health differences.


LCERPA Working Paper No. 2016-3 link. (August, 2016)

Revised Draft, with new title "Health and capacity to work of older Canadians: Gender and regional dimensions" link. (May, 2017)
This May 2017 revision doesn't contain new results. Just a new edit with a subset of the results in the LCERPA Working Paper.

Updated Draft, link. (January, 2018)

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