The Connection between Low Income, Weak Labour Force Attachment and Poor Health

Myriam Fortin


Using 1994-2004 data from the National Population Health Survey, this paper
sheds light on the health situation of working-age Canadians and tests the
connection between low income, weak labour force attachment and poor health using logistic regressions. Results indicate that persistently poor or weakly employed Canadians are in much poorer health than other Canadians, and that being persistently poor increases the probability of experiencing deterioration in health as much as being in poor health increases the probability of becoming poor, but that being persistently unemployed has an even stronger impact on health status.

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