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Title: Health, Family Structure, and Labor Supply
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1. Parsons, Donald O.
Health, Family Structure, and Labor Supply
American Economic Review 67,4 (September 1977): 703-712.
Cohort(s): Older Men
Publisher: American Economic Association
Keyword(s): Earnings; Family Resources; Health/Health Status/SF-12 Scale; Husbands; Simultaneity

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This study discusses the interrelationship between health and the family's allocation of time. The author focuses attention on health effects of the joint labor supply of both spouses, and to the differential labor supply responses to poor health of married and single men. The impact of health on home production hours indicates how well older individuals and families can economically survive health problems. The empirical results indicate that married men in poor health work significantly more hours than single men, which is consistent with the belief that married men can marshal resources other than their own time (ie. wives' time, when faced with a health problem). Estimation of a simultaneous model of male labor supply suggests that other family income does not have a substantial effect on labor supply but that male labor supply has a significant effect in other family income. Only in households where the wife has a high level of education, does other family income increase. Finally, declining health of each partner leads to substantial market time withdrawal, while home work remains unchanged.
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Parsons, Donald O. "Health, Family Structure, and Labor Supply." American Economic Review 67,4 (September 1977): 703-712.