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Are Recessions Good for Everyone's Health? The Association Between Mortality and the Business Cycle by Race in the U.S

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  • Matias Fontenla

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    (Department of Economics, University of New Mexico)

  • Fidel Gonzalez

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    (Department of Economics and International Business, Sam Houston State University)

  • Troy Quast

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    (Department of Economics and International Business, Sam Houston State University)

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In this paper we study the effect of the business cycle on the mortality rate of the major racial groups in the U.S. Using county-level data from 1999 to 2005, we find that the unemployment rate is negatively related to mortality for whites and latinos but that there is not a statistically significant relationship for blacks. Moreover, the magnitude of this relationship is larger for latinos than for whites. Finally, the relationship becomes more pronounced for latinos and whites as the proportion of population of that race increases. Taken together, these findings suggest that the procyclical association between mortality and the business cycle identified in previous studies of the general U.S. population may vary by race.

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Paper provided by Sam Houston State University, Department of Economics and International Business in its series Working Papers with number 0902.

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Date of creation: Feb 2009
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Handle: RePEc:shs:wpaper:0902

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  1. Gerdtham, Ulf-G. & Ruhm, Christopher J., 2002. "Deaths Rise in Good Economic Times: Evidence From the OECD," IZA Discussion Papers 654, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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