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Economic Upturns are Good for Your Heart but Watch out for Accidents

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  • Svensson, Mikael

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    (Department of Business, Economics, Statistics and Informatics)

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This paper explores the relationship between the regional unemployment rate and total and cause-specific mortality in Sweden during 1976-2005. Overall mortality is unrelated to changes in the unemployment rate, while the biggest cause of death (heart disease) decreases during economic upturns. At the same time other accidents, including job-related accidents, increase during economic upturns. Swedish evidence provides no support for the US papers which have found that short-term economic upturns are bad for your health in general.

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Paper provided by Örebro University, School of Business in its series Working Papers with number 2006:9.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: 14 Dec 2006
Date of revision: 26 Jun 2007
Publication status: Published in Applied Economics, 2010, pages 615-625.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:oruesi:2006_009

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Postal: Örebro University School of Business, SE - 701 82 ÖREBRO, Sweden
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Web page: http://www.oru.se/Institutioner/Handelshogskolan-vid-Orebro-universitet/
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Keywords: Determinants of Health; Mortality; Unemployment;

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