Long-term employment effects of surviving cancer

J Health Econ. 2011 May;30(3):505-14. doi: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2011.02.001. Epub 2011 Mar 1.


We compare employment and usual hours of work for prime-age cancer survivors from the Penn State Cancer Survivor Survey to a comparison group drawn from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics using cross-sectional and difference-in-differences regression and matching estimators. Because earlier research has emphasized workers diagnosed at older ages, we focus on employment effects for younger workers. We find that as long as two to six years after diagnosis, cancer survivors have lower employment rates and work fewer hours than other similarly aged adults.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Disease-Free Survival
  • Empirical Research
  • Employment / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / mortality
  • Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Pennsylvania / epidemiology
  • Survivors / statistics & numerical data*
  • Time Factors