CHP Seminar - Prof Aaron Reeves

Does collective bargaining reduce health inequalities between labour market insiders and outsiders?

Presenter: Prof. Aaron Reeves

Thursday April 20 2023, 12:00pm—1pm (AEST)
Seminar Room 515, Level 5 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton, VIC 3053
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Collective bargaining institutions are correlated with better population health. However, there are still major gaps in our understanding regarding the impact of collective bargaining on health inequalities, particularly between labour market ‘insiders’ and ‘outsiders’. In this study, we investigate the effect of collective bargaining coverage on individuals’ self-rated health, and whether the impact varies according to labour market status. We use four waves of the European Values Survey (1981–2018) and three-level nested random intercept models across 33 OECD and European countries (Nā€‰=ā€‰66ā€‰301). We find that stronger and more inclusive collective bargaining institutions reduce health inequalities between
the unemployed and the employed by disproportionately improving the health of the unemployed. This study implies that targeting the political institutions that shape the distribution of power and resources is important for reducing health inequalities.

Aaron Reeves is a Professor of Sociology and Social Policy in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at Oxford University, a Fellow of Green Templeton College, and a Visiting Senior Fellow in the International Inequalities Institute at the LSE. He is a sociologist working on the political economy of health and social stratification. He is currently writing a book on the British elite.

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