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The influence of the economic crisis on the association between unemployment and health: an empirical analysis for Spain


  • Rosa Urbanos-Garrido
  • Beatriz Lopez-Valcarcel



Anxiety and stress about the future associated with unemployment could have a large impact on individuals’ health. It may be necessary to prevent health deterioration in vulnerable groups such as the unemployed, and also to monitor specific health risks that arise in recessions, such as psychological problems. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015

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  • Rosa Urbanos-Garrido & Beatriz Lopez-Valcarcel, 2015. "The influence of the economic crisis on the association between unemployment and health: an empirical analysis for Spain," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer;Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gesundheitsökonomie (DGGÖ), vol. 16(2), pages 175-184, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:eujhec:v:16:y:2015:i:2:p:175-184
    DOI: 10.1007/s10198-014-0563-y

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    More about this item


    Economic crisis; Unemployment; Self-assessed health; Mental health; Matching techniques; Spain; J64; I12; I18;

    JEL classification:

    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health


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