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Self‐employed workers' health and household labour supply

Mauricio Reis (Instituto de Pesquisa Economica Aplicada, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Journal of Economic Studies

ISSN: 0144-3585

Article publication date: 1 November 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to investigate whether shocks to the health of a self‐employed worker in Brazil increase the labour supply of other household members.

Design/methodology/approach

Using data from the Brazilian National Household Survey, this paper investigates whether the probability of other household members entering the labour force increases as a reaction to a decrease in income caused by the absence from work due to health problems of a head of household who is self‐employed.

Findings

The empirical evidence indicates that absence of the head of household from work due to health problems seems to increase the probability of other household members entering the labour force.

Originality/value

The paper provides evidence regarding the consequences of negative shocks to the health of self‐employed workers on households' labour supply decisions in Brazil.

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Citation

Reis, M. (2011), "Self‐employed workers' health and household labour supply", Journal of Economic Studies, Vol. 38 No. 6, pp. 658-672. https://doi.org/10.1108/01443581111177376

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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