The morning after: Alcohol misuse and employment problems

Michael T. French, Johanna Catherine Maclean, Jody L. Sindelar, Hai Fang

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Using a rich, recent and nationally representative longitudinal survey specifically designed to examine alcohol use and associated problems, we investigate the effects of alcohol misuse on a series of understudied and perhaps less common employment problems. Such problems include being fired or laid off from a job, sustained unemployment and conflicts with a supervisor and/or co-worker. After controlling for time-invariant omitted variables via fixed effects estimation, we find evidence that three measures of alcohol misuse are significantly related to employment problems. The results offer new information on the potential adverse labour market effects of alcohol misuse and shed light on potential mechanisms through which alcohol misuse may impact intensive labour supply and/or wages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2705-2720
Number of pages16
JournalApplied Economics
Issue number21
StatePublished - Aug 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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