Does cancer reduce labor market entry? Evidence for prime-age females

John R. Moran, Pamela Farley Short

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Existing studies of the labor market status of cancer survivors have focused on the extent to which cancer disrupts the employment of individuals who were working when diagnosed with cancer. We examine how surviving cancer affects labor market entry and usual hours of work among females aged 28 to 54 years who were not working when first diagnosed. We find that prime-age females have employment rates 2 to 6 years after diagnosis that are 12 percentage points lower than otherwise similar women who were initially out of the labor force, full-time employment rates that are 10 percentage points lower, and usual hours of work that are 5 hours per week lower. These estimates are somewhat larger than estimates for prime-age women employed at the time of diagnosis and highlight the importance of considering nonworking females when assessing the economic and psychosocial burden of cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-242
Number of pages19
JournalMedical Care Research and Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Policy


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