Mortality and Business Cycle by Level of Development: Evidence from Mexico

Social Science and Medicine, Volume 17, 2066-2073, 2010.

Posted: 2 Jul 2014

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Fidel Gonzalez

Sam Houston State University - College of Business Administration - Department of Economics and International Business

Troy C. Quast

University of South Florida

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

We investigate the relationship between mortality and business cycles within Mexico, where development varies significantly. We exploit this variation by separately analyzing the top ten and bottom ten developed states for the period 1993-2004. We find that while overall mortality is procyclical nationally and in the top ten states, it is countercyclical in the bottom ten. Further, we show that in the top ten states mortality due to non communicable conditions is procyclical, while in the bottom ten mortality due to non communicable conditions and infectious and parasitic diseases are countercyclical. Our results suggest that the relationship between mortality and business cycles may vary by level of development.

Keywords: Mortality, Macroeconomic changes, Development Mexico, Business cycles

JEL Classification: C33, E32, I1

Suggested Citation

Gonzalez, Fidel and Quast, Troy C., Mortality and Business Cycle by Level of Development: Evidence from Mexico (2010). Social Science and Medicine, Volume 17, 2066-2073, 2010.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2461032

Fidel Gonzalez (Contact Author)

Sam Houston State University - College of Business Administration - Department of Economics and International Business ( email )

Huntsville, TX 77341-2118
United States

Troy C. Quast

University of South Florida ( email )

12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33620
United States

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