Healthy Worker Effect


Health Economics

  • Age for age, workers generally experience lower mortality rates and better health than the general population on account of the fact that those who are severely ill or disabled are not usually in employment. This is the original 'healthy worker effect' but it applies to any sub-group from which those at relatively high risk of death or ill-health are excluded. Any sample based on the sub-group would give a biased picture of the general population from which it was drawn unless this effect were compensated for.