Handbook of Socioeconomic Determinants of Occupational Health

From Macro-level to Micro-level Evidence

  • Töres Theorell
  • Offers updated, comprehensive, high-quality scientific information on the major topic of socioeconomic determinants of occupational health

  • Is highly transdisciplinary, integrating cutting-edge macro-, meso- and micro-level research findings from economics, social and behavioral sciences and biomedicine

  • Provides the best available scientific evidence to professionals and stakeholders on the challenging issue of social inequalities in occupational health

Living reference work

Part of the Handbook Series in Occupational Health Sciences book series (HDBSOHS)

Table of contents

  1. Morten Wahrendorf, Panayotes Demakakos
  2. Norbert K. Semmer
  3. Thorsten Lunau, Mariann Rigó, Nico Dragano
  4. Miriam Mutambudzi, Anushiya Vanajan
  5. Marko Elovainio, Marianna Virtanen
  6. Chantal Brisson, Karine Aubé, Mahée Gilbert-Ouimet, Caroline S. Duchaine, Xavier Trudel, Michel Vézina
  7. Carles Muntaner, Edwin Ng, Virginia Gunn, Faraz Vahid Shahidi, Alejandra Vives, Deb Finn Mahabir et al.
  8. May Young Loh, Amy Zadow, Maureen Dollard
  9. Åse Marie Hansen, Anne Helene Garde, Roger Persson

About this book


This handbook provides a summary of more than two decades of international research on one of the leading theoretical models of work stress research; effort-reward imbalance. Consisting of 3 parts and 8 sub-parts, this essential reference work deals with theory and methods, review of research evidence on health effects, new findings from Asia, Australia, and Latin America, and model extensions and interventions. This book has a selective theoretical focus, and the large majority of chapters is restricted to the meso-level of organizational research. With a combination of research evidence derived from macro-, meso- and micro-level investigations, the inclusion of a broad spectrum of material and psychosocial occupational stressors, and with its unique focus on socioeconomic determinants this handbook offers a valuable source of information to a broad audience interested in occupational health science. 


occupational health labour market and health economic globalization stressful work occupational hazards work site health promotion occupational medicine macroeconomics

Editors and affiliations

  • Töres Theorell
    • 1
  1. 1.Stress Research InstituteStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

About the editors

Töres Theorell is Emeritus Professor at Stockholm University. He presently serves as scientific consultant for the Institute for Stress Research at the university and is active at the department of Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. Between 1967 and 1978, Theorell worked as a physician in internal medicine. From 1979 he has been a researcher in stress medicine and social medicine. Between 1995 and 2006 he was Director of the Swedish National Institute for Psychosocial Factors and Health and was also a professor at the Karolinska Institute. Since the mid-1980s he has published in the area of cultural participation and health. Theorell´s research covers diverse areas in health, from epidemiology to clinical observational studies and controlled interventions. Physiological stress mechanisms relating to cardiovascular disease has been one of Theorell´s most prominent areas of work. Theorell has been the first author or co-author of more than 400 original publications in international, peer-reviewed scientific journals. He has also contributed chapters to numerous handbooks and textbooks in English. He has, for instance, contributed to the Handbook of Culture and Health (eds Clift, Camic, Wilson,  Oxford University Press, forthcoming). His most widely quoted publication was with Robert Karasek (Healthy Work, Basic Books, New York, 1990). 

Sections in the Handbook:

 Macro-level determinants of occupational health: Akizumi Tsutsumi,

 Meso-level determinants of occupational health: Morten Wahrendorf and Jian Li,

 Micro-level determinants of occupational health: Bradley J. Wright

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Handbook of Socioeconomic Determinants of Occupational Health
  • Book Subtitle From Macro-level to Micro-level Evidence
  • Editors Töres Theorell
  • Series Title Handbook Series in Occupational Health Sciences
  • Series Abbreviated Title Handbook Series in Occupational Health Sciences
  • DOI
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Springer Reference Behavioral Science and Psychology Reference Module Humanities and Social Sciences
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-05031-3
  • Series ISSN 2730-7409
  • Series E-ISSN 2730-7417
  • Edition Number 0
  • Number of Pages X, 560
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    Occupational Medicine/Industrial Medicine
    Health Economics
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Finance, Business & Banking
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