Labor Market Effects of Life-Saving Treatments: The Case of Adjuvant Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer Patients

Wednesday, June 26, 2019: 10:30 AM
Tyler - Mezzanine Level (Marriott Wardman Park Hotel)

Presenter: Mikkel H. Pedersen

Co-Authors: N. Meltem Daysal; William Evans; Mircea Trandafir

Discussant: Thomas Buchmueller

We investigate the impact of adjuvant radiation therapy (RT) treatment on the labor market outcomes of breast cancer patients. In order to address the endogeneity in receipt of adjuvant radiotherapy, we use a 2SLS strategy that exploits plausibly exogenous variation in RT treatments due to changes in treatment guidelines. We find that adjuvant RT leads to significant improvements in employment and income. The gains are observed as early as three years after diagnosis and persist up to 10 years post-diagnosis. The main driver of these results seems to be reduced disability in the future.