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Uncovering the Pathways Linking Local Economic Conditions, Occupation, and Health


Jason M. Fletcher


Yale University - School of Public Health; University of Wisconsin - Madison - Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Shintaro Yamaguchi


McMaster University - Department of Economics

November 10, 2010


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This paper uses ten years of data from the PSID to examine the effects of economic conditions on health status. We expand on current research in this area by focusing on local (county) rather than aggregate (state/nation) conditions, using a panel data set, and examining a pre-mortality outcome (self-reported health status). In contrast with much of the previous literature, we find evidence that self-reported health status is procyclical. Generally the results suggest a reduction in health from each point increase in the unemployment rate that is equivalent to aging between 1-2 years. The results suggest that local measures are preferable and lead to somewhat larger estimates. We then present evidence that these effects are primarily psychologically driven, which is consistent with literature on the effects of macro conditions on mental health and also has implications for using self-reported health status as a measure of physical health.

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Date posted: November 20, 2010  

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Fletcher, Jason M. and Yamaguchi, Shintaro, Uncovering the Pathways Linking Local Economic Conditions, Occupation, and Health (November 10, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1707205 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1707205

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Jason M. Fletcher
Yale University - School of Public Health ( email )
PO Box 208034
60 College Street
New Haven, CT 06520-8034
United States
University of Wisconsin - Madison - Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs ( email )
1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1393
United States
Shintaro Yamaguchi (Contact Author)
McMaster University - Department of Economics ( email )
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M4
Canada
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