The magic multiplier from econometrics: Enriching public health through innovative use of EMGO+ cohorts (WC2014-061)


Starting date: 01/12/2014

The pressure on the Dutch Security system increases due to the ageing of the population. Therefore, new policies have reduced the financial advantage for early pensioning and have increased the legal retirement age. This means that people have to prolong their working career until the age of 67 in 2021. According to economists, the main determinants which influence the prolongation of one’s working career is the level of financial arrangement, such as normal pension, disability pension or unemployment pension. On the other hand, according to the occupational health literature, health is the main determinant of prolonged work participation. For this reason, this study aims to investigate how financial aspects,  health aspects and work characteristics will influence prolonged work participation of workers with and without a chronic disease.  

We will make use of public health cohorts to get the health variables and work characteristics. The financial variables will be available through national registers.

Public health cohorts are rich in data, but there is too few data to perform subgroupanalyses on different chronic diseases. On the other hand, national registers consists of data on many dtifferent populations, but lack the richness of data of public health cohorts. Therefore, we want to perform Small Area Estimation. This econometric technique will combine the data from the public health cohorts with the national registers by estimating the 'unknown' variables after connection of the two different datasets. In this way, a large population is created.