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The Opioid Crisis and the Labor Market

  • Shannon Monnat, Anita Mukherjee, and Rourke O'Brien
  • November 16 2022
  • W95-2022

Shannon Monnat

Anita MukherjeeRourke O'Brien

Shannon Monnat, Syracuse University
Anita Mukherjee, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Rourke O’Brien, Yale University

There have been over a million drug overdose deaths in the United States since 1999. While this crisis is national in scope, there is considerable variation by both geography and subpopulation. Many potential factors influence this variation, but one area of interest is in how changes in the labor market may be connected to increases in addiction and “deaths of despair” and, at the same time, how rising rates of drug use may be lowering overall labor force participation.

In this webinar, we hear from Shannon Monnat of Syracuse University, Anita Mukherjee of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Rourke O’Brien of Yale University. The presenters discuss trends in the U.S. opioid crisis and overdose cases related to other drugs, how differences in state-level policy responses to the crisis may be leading to different labor market outcomes, and how automation and other changes in manufacturing employment may be connected to increases in working-age mortality.

Recording of the Webinar

Additional Resources

Shannon Monnat presentation slides
Anita Mukherjee presentation slides
Rourke O’Brien presentation slides



Employment, Health, Health Care, Labor Market, Low-Wage Work, Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Place, Place General, Social Determinants of Health, Unemployment/Nonemployment