Date of Award

Fall 1-3-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Departments/Programs

Economics

First Advisor

Partha Deb

Second Advisor

Temisan Agbeyegbe

Academic Program Adviser

Randall Filer

Abstract

Type I Diabetes (T1D) is a chronic autoimmune mediated form of insulin resistance that has lasting socioeconomic effects from childhood through old age that may impact labor force participation. Examining this relationship will enhance our understanding of life-long chronic illness beyond individual medical/financial impact by establishing broader socioeconomic implications. This study utilized data from the 2008-2015 data set of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), to explore the effects of T1D on labor force participation. It was hypothesized that having T1D would decrease both employability and contribution to the labor force. Utilizing methods of propensity score matching and entropy balancing, the hypothesis was shown to be correct, with T1D having an overall negative effect on labor force participation in regards to employability and number of sick days taken. This study highlights the need for further insight into the individual factors of those with T1D that lend to a decreased participation in the labor force.

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