What were the longer-term impacts for older workers who experienced a work disruption at the start of the pandemic?

Head shots of Leah Abrams and Lindsay Kobayashi

Our recent Sloan Fellow on Aging and Work Leah Abrams, along with our former Bell Fellow Lindsay Kobayashi, and their colleague Jessica Finlay, have published their findings in Innovation in Aging, reporting on the economic and mental ramifications six months after the layoffs, furloughs, and reduced hours many workers experienced in early spring 2020. Here’s a findings snapshot: of those who lost their job, 1/3 were still out of work…

Father’s unemployment linked to increased purchases of psychotropic medication by offspring

Mauricio Avendano is an author on a paper that shows that while there was no association between a mother’s unemployment and the purchases of pscyhotropic medication by her offspring, there was a significant increase in these purchases among adolescents whose fathers were unemployed.

Risk of divorce tied to division of labor

A new study published in the American Sociological Review by Harvard Pop Center’s faculty member Alexandra Killewald, PhD, suggests that division of labor may have more to do with predicting a couple’s risk of divorce than the money or material aspects of a marriage. In couples who wed after 1975, husbands who were not employed full-time faced a slightly higher chance of divorce. Learn more from livescience, CTV, AJC, lifezette.com, and Philly.com.

Among older workers, are recessions linked to lowered CVD risk? It depends.

Harvard Pop Center faculty member Mauricio Avendano and former Bell Fellow Clemens Noelke have published a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology that suggests that economic recessions may be protective against CVD disease among older workers who remain employed, but may increase risk of CVD among those who experience a job loss during this period.

Today’s Forum “What Shapes Health” with Lisa Berkman topic on NPR Morning Edition

Today’s live webcast of The Forum “What Shapes Health” at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, presented in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and NPR, is a topic on today’s morning edition on NPR. Kate Strully, a former Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at the Harvard Pop Center, shares her research on the impact of job loss on health in this news story.

For unemployed men, the more generous the unemployment benefits, the better their health

Harvard Pop Center faculty member M. Maria Glymour, PhD, and former Bell Fellow Mauricio Avendano Pabon, PhD, are co-authors on a paper published in the American Journal of Public Health that explores the relationship between unemployment benefits and the self-reported health of the unemployed.

Team of Harvard Pop Center researchers publish paper on impact of unemployment on smoking and drinking

A team of Harvard Pop Center researchers, including current Yerby Fellow Mariana Arcaya, and Pop Center-affiliated faculty members Maria Glymour, Ichiro Kawachi, and SV Subramanian, have published a paper in Social Science & Medicine that looks at individual and spousal unemployment as predictors of smoking and drinking behavior.