Labour market position, control and income – a programme for the multidisciplinary study of causes of health differences

Project leader

Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2002
End date: 31/12/2008
Funding: 7950000 SEK


The project aims at studying how people’s position on the labour market is related to ill-health and to biomedical risk factors, and how this contributes to health inequalities between individual, social groups and the genders.

We assume that differences in income and control at work are two important factors that cause health inequalities. Income and control at work have seldom been analysed simultaneously, which is a weakness in this research field. Individuals’ income and their control over their work and life in general are therefore in focus. Biomedical risk factors, behaviors, self-related health, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health impairments, and mortality will be studied.

The research programme is divided into five parts with a multidisciplinary approach: (1) How do income, control at work and in life contribute to health inequalities among individuals? (2) Which biomedical risk factors for cardiovascular diseases are involved in the development of health inequalities, and are also related to differences in income and control at work? (3)To what extent may factors in adolescence contribute to a systematic selection of healthy individuals to positions with high income and control and/or less healthy individuals to positions with low income and control? (4) How do family life factors (e.g. family status) contribute to observed health inequalities among groups with different incomes and control at work? Is the impact of such factors similar among men and women? (5) Has the differentiation of income and control contributed to rising health inequalities among individuals of different sectors of the labour market during the 1990s?

There is a public interest in enhancing the knowledge of how income and control at work may contribute to the development of health inequalities. The results are believed to be useful for preventive public health interventions.

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