The purpose of this paper is to study the incidence of depression affecting work (DAW) performance and estimates gender differences across occupations.
Using Labor Force Survey data from the UK in 2007, the authors first decompose the differential on the aggregate incidence rate of DAW between men and women into two components: the gender effect and the occupational effect. Then, the authors identify the stressors of DAW by means of a logit regression analysis.
The empirical results show that gender is not a significant explanatory variable of DAW. Further, when differences are analyzed for each gender separately, results show that the effect of occupations is stronger within females than within males.
Most of previous studies focus on occupational causes of depression. By contrast, this paper investigates the effect of depression on work performance.
The authors thankfully acknowledge the financial support for the completion of this research from the Spain's Ministry of Science and Innovation, project ECO2010-21242-C03-03.
Arocena, P. and Nuñez, I. (2014), "Depression affecting work performance: gender differentials across occupations", International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 35 No. 3, pp. 250-266. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJM-04-2014-0090Download as .RIS
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