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The Impact of Employment Protection on Health: Evidence from Fixed-term Contract Workers in South Korea

Park, WooRam / Baek, Jisun

Abstract

In this paper, we examine the impact of increased employment protection on the self-rated health of workers. We utilize the recent labor reform in South Korea which sharply increased the employment protection level of fixed-term contract workers meeting certain criteria. By applying a difference-in-differences framework to longitudinal data, we explore the causal impact of employment protection. We find that subjective health and perceived job security improved with increased statutory employment protection. Further analysis suggests that the improvement in subjective health is less likely to be driven by improvement in working conditions or health related behaviors.

Issue Date
2019-07
Publisher
PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Keywords Plus
JOB INSECURITY; TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT; MENTAL-HEALTH; PRECARIOUS EMPLOYMENT; INCOME; ASSOCIATION; EMPLOYEES; PANEL
Keywords(Author)
Job security; Employment protection; Fixed-term contract; Self-rated health; South Korea
Citation
SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE, v.233, pp.158 - 170, 2019
DOI
10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.05.002
Journal Title
SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE
Start Page
158
End Page
170
ISSN
0277-9536
Language
English
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