The Effect of Breast Cancer Incidence on Female Labor Market Outcomes and Its Educational Gradients: a Population-Based Study from Taiwan

Project Details


This research project aims to empirically analyze the impact of a health shock (measuredby the incidence of breast cancer) on women’s labor market outcomes and whether theadverse impact of ill health differs by education. Health is a form of human capital and actsas an important role in the decision of labor supply. Poor health not only will depreciate thevalue of education in the labor market activity, but also has a direct negative influence on thelabor productivity, leading to lower labor participation and earnings. Using the merged dataof Cancer Registry, NHI longitudinal data and 2000 Population Census, we match theworking women in prime age (45-55) with breast cancer with those without by coarsenedexact matching algorithm. The impact of the onset breast cancer on labor market outcomescan be identified by empirically comparing the likelihood of labor detachment and growth ofwage rate between the treatment group and control group. We further investigate whetherthe education could play a role in buffering the negative impact of ill health on labor marketperformance. Our research results will provide some implications, helping to design apolicy aimed to cushion the adverse impact of ill health on labor productivity.
Effective start/end date1/08/1731/07/18

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • health shock
  • breast cancer
  • labor participation
  • wage
  • education


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