Unemployment and Mortality: Evidence from the Great Recession

33 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016

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Ha Nguyen

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG); World Bank

Huong Nguyen

World Bank - Africa

Date Written: March 16, 2016

Abstract

Did unemployment in the Great Recession hurt people's health? The broad answer is no: job losses have statistically insignificant impacts on mortality. The exogenous sources of job losses in a U.S. county is the tradable job losses driven by external demand collapses during the Great Recession. The insignificant relationship holds for males and females, for all age groups, and for almost all categories of mortality. Three important exceptions are Alzheimer's, poisoning, and homicide.

Keywords: Nutrition, Labor Markets, Rural Labor Markets

Suggested Citation

Nguyen, Ha and Nguyen, Ha and Nguyen, Huong, Unemployment and Mortality: Evidence from the Great Recession (March 16, 2016). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7603, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2748866

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Huong Nguyen

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