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Local labor market fluctuations and health: Is there a connection and for whom?

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  • Charles, Kerwin Kofi
  • DeCicca, Philip

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We examine the relationship between local labor market conditions and several measures of health and health behaviors for a sample of working-aged men living in the 58 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. We find evidence of procyclical relationships for weight-related health and mental health for men with low ex ante employment probabilities. Separate estimates suggest worsening labor market conditions lead to weight gains and reduced mental health among African-American men and lower mental health among less-educated males. Among our findings, those related to mental health are most pronounced.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Health Economics.

Volume (Year): 27 (2008)
Issue (Month): 6 (December)
Pages: 1532-1550

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jhecon:v:27:y:2008:i:6:p:1532-1550

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Keywords: Economic conditions Labor market fluctuations Physical health Mental health Health production;

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