Employment trends in relation to reported long term illness in England & Wales 2001-2011

Curtis, S. (2019) Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference, London, 27 – 30 Aug 2019 [ONS LS]

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Abstract:

We report research contributing to a growing international literature on the relationships between economic recession and health outcomes. Our research examines how local labour market trends during the early stages of the ‘great recession’ (in the period 2007-2011) related to change in self-reported illness among individuals living in England and Wales. We report results from analyses of data from the Longitudinal Study (LS) for England and Wales on very large samples of individuals, drawn from the population census and followed up over time at each decennial census. These were linked to employment trend data for Local Authority Districts for the period 2007-2011, based on employment statistics for Local Authority Districts (LAs) in England and Wales. Our analyses controlled for individual risk factors (sex, age, individual employment status, ethnicity, housing tenure and social class) and also for local level of deprivation in the person’s neighbourhood of residence in 2001, before the recession began. The risk of development of a ‘new’ long term illness during the ‘great recession’ was greater for those living in LAs where levels of employment were persistently low or declining to relatively low levels. We discuss the policy implications.

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