HERU Post-Doctoral Fellowship - Elizabeth Russell Career Development Fellowship: The effects of economic insecurity on physical and mental health

Insecure employment has consistently been shown to have a significant adverse effect on mental health, particularly for males. Using data from the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS), we  examined the mental health effects of this anticipating entry or prolonged exposure to insecure employment. By estimating the monetary value of health-utility decrements resulting from exposure and anticipation of exposure, we assessed the likely benefits of policies which are effective in reducing insecure employment.

Outcome and Translation

We show that there are valuable individual and population health benefits which could be gained through effective polices to reduce exposure to insecure employment. These benefits will be experienced by males over an anticipation period and an exposure period. For females only the contemporaneous benefits are significant.


HERU researchers involved in this project:  Daniel Kopasker, Marjon van der Pol, Diane Skåtun, Paul McNamee



Kopasker, D., Montagna, C. and Bender, K.A. (2019) Insecure lock-in: the mental health effects of anticipating insecure employment, Discussion Papers in Economics and Finance, 19:7.