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Mortality and the business cycle : Evidence from individual and aggregated data

van den Berg, Gerard J.; Gerdtham, Ulf G. LU ; von Hinke, Stephanie; Lindeboom, Maarten; Lissdaniels, Johannes LU ; Sundquist, Jan LU and Sundquist, Kristina LU (2017) In Journal of Health Economics 56. p.61-70
Abstract

There has been much interest recently in the relationship between economic conditions and mortality, with some studies showing that mortality is pro-cyclical, while others find the opposite. Some suggest that the aggregation level of analysis (e.g. individual vs. regional) matters. We use both individual and aggregated data on a sample of 20–64 year-old Swedish men from 1993 to 2007. Our results show that the association between the business cycle and mortality does not depend on the level of analysis: the sign and magnitude of the parameter estimates are similar at the individual level and the aggregate (county) level; both showing pro-cyclical mortality.

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Aggregation, Death, Health, Income, Recession, Unemployment
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Journal of Health Economics
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56
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10 pages
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Elsevier
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  • scopus:85030102476
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0167-6296
DOI
10.1016/j.jhealeco.2017.09.005
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English
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  author       = {van den Berg, Gerard J. and Gerdtham, Ulf G. and  von Hinke,  Stephanie and Lindeboom, Maarten and Lissdaniels, Johannes and Sundquist, Jan and Sundquist, Kristina},
  issn         = {0167-6296},
  keyword      = {Aggregation,Death,Health,Income,Recession,Unemployment},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {12},
  pages        = {61--70},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Journal of Health Economics},
  title        = {Mortality and the business cycle : Evidence from individual and aggregated data},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhealeco.2017.09.005},
  volume       = {56},
  year         = {2017},
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