Your Job or Your Life? The Uncertain Relationship of Unemployment and Mortality

Centre for European Labour Market Research Discussion Paper No. 2007-06

33 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2007

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Keith A. Bender

University of Aberdeen - Business School

Ioannis Theodossiou

University of Aberdeen - Business School

Date Written: July 2007

Abstract

Contrary to the epidemiological literature, some studies find that increases in unemployment decrease mortality. Using US state level data on unemployment, mortality and other covariates for 1974 to 2003, this paper revisits this issue by, first, allowing for transitory and permanent effects of unemployment and, second, by allowing for cross-panel correlations. The results show that most mortality measures increase with contemporaneous unemployment and indicate that increases in long-run unemployment increase mortality.

Keywords: Mortality, Unemployment, Cross-Sectional times-series models, Feasible GLS

JEL Classification: J64, I10

Suggested Citation

Bender, Keith A. and Theodossiou, Ioannis, Your Job or Your Life? The Uncertain Relationship of Unemployment and Mortality (July 2007). Centre for European Labour Market Research Discussion Paper No. 2007-06, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1003356 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1003356

Keith A. Bender (Contact Author)

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Ioannis Theodossiou

University of Aberdeen - Business School ( email )

Edward Wright Building
Dunbar Street
Aberdeen, Scotland AB24 3QY
United Kingdom

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