The interaction of depression and smoking on workplace productivity

Michael Halpern, Zeba Khan, Anne Rentz

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Previous studies have indicated that individuals with depression have increased workplace absenteeism, leading to substantial costs to employers. However, depressed patients are also more likely to be cigarette smokers, and smoking is also associated with increased absenteeism. We evaluated the impact of depression and smoking status on workplace absenteeism in a study of airline reservation agents. Smoking was associated with absenteeism for all levels of depression, but depression increased absenteeism only among current smokers. These results suggest that part of the workplace burden associated with depression may be attributable to smoking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInvesting in Health
Subtitle of host publicationThe Social and Economic Benefits of Health Care Innovation
PublisherJAI Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)0762306971, 9780762306978
StatePublished - 2001

Publication series

NameResearch in Human Capital and Development
ISSN (Print)0194-3960

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Development
  • Industrial relations
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations


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