Contractual conditions, working conditions and their impact on health and well-being

Eur J Health Econ. 2011 Oct;12(5):429-44. doi: 10.1007/s10198-010-0256-0. Epub 2010 May 25.


Given changes in the labour market in past decades, it is of interest to evaluate whether and how contractual and working conditions affect health and psychological well-being in society today. We consider the effects of contractual and working conditions on self-assessed health and psychological well-being using twelve waves (1991/1992-2002/2003) of the British Household Panel Survey. For self-assessed health, the dependent variable is categorical, and we estimate non-linear dynamic panel ordered probit models, while for psychological well-being, we estimate a dynamic linear specification. The results show that both contractual and working conditions have an influence on health and psychological well-being and that the impact is different for men and women.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Contracts*
  • Female
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Statistical
  • Occupational Health*
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United Kingdom
  • Work Schedule Tolerance / psychology