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Business Cycles, Migration and Health

  • Timothy J Halliday

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    (Department of Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa)

We investigate the proposition that illness poses as an obstacle to one’s ability to use migration to hedge the business cycle. We employ data on migration, regional unemployment rates and health status from ten years of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. Our results provide considerable support this proposition. The evidence is the strongest for men, but we also find weaker evidence for married women. These results suggest that - ceterus paribus - aggregate health outcomes in an area should improve when the regional economy expands.

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Paper provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 200504.

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Length: 8 pages
Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:hai:wpaper:200504
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  1. Christopher J. Ruhm, 2000. "Are Recessions Good For Your Health?," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 115(2), pages 617-650, May.
  2. Halliday, Timothy J. & Kimmitt, Michael C., 2008. "Selective Migration and Health," IZA Discussion Papers 3458, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Christopher J. Ruhm, 2003. "Healthy Living in Hard Times," NBER Working Papers 9468, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  4. Borjas, George J & Bronars, Stephen G & Trejo, Stephen J, 1992. "Assimilation and the Earnings of Young Internal Migrants," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 74(1), pages 170-75, February.
  5. Olivier Jean Blanchard & Lawrence F. Katz, 1992. "Regional Evolutions," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, vol. 23(1), pages 1-76.
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