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Inequality and Regional Variations in Perceptions of Work Disability

8th Nov 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Using the work disability vignettes from the third wave of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) in 2006/07, we explore the geographical variation in how participants rate the level of work limitation of people described in hypothetical scenarios and its association with wealth and income inequality. The results show that people in areas with higher levels of wealth inequality, but not income inequality, have more favourable attitudes to work disability and are more likely to rate the vignettes as work-limited. These differences persist when controlling for other local authority area-level characteristics such as social capital and diversity, as well as a large number of individual-level characteristics. Our findings provide support for the hypothesis that individuals have interdependent preferences displaying an aversion to inequality. Read the working paper here (PDF).


About the Presenter
Declan French is a senior lecturer in finance in the Queen’s Management School in Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland and a researcher with the Centre of Excellence for Public Health. He is also co-director of the Queen’s University Centre for Health Research at the Management School (CHaRMS). He has co-ordinated the economic content in the Northern Ireland Cohort Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NICOLA). His main research interests are in health economics and household finance. Recent research has focused on the effects of financial stress on health and the degree to which changes in health behaviour provide the mediating pathway. Other work includes a European Commission on promoting the role of housing provision for pension adequacy. A current project is examining work disability and the legacy of the thirty-year civil conflict in Northern Ireland.



8th Nov 2017
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Amy Jephthah


UCT School of Economics, 4th Floor Seminar Room
UCT Middle Campus
Cape Town, Western Cape 7700 South Africa
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