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Unemployment and Mortality in France, 1982-2002

  • Tom Buchmueller

    (University of Michigan, National Bureau of Economic Research)

  • Michel Grignon


    (Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, Department of Economics, McMaster University)

  • Florence Jusot

    (Institut de Recherche et de Documentation en Economie de la Santé (IRDES), Paris, France)

This study uses aggregate panel data on 96 French départements for the period from 1982 to 2002 to investigate the relationship between macroeconomic conditions and mortality, controlling for local area and time fixed effects. Consistent with research using data from other countries, we find that increases in the local unemployment rates are associated with significant reductions in mortality. Models of mortality by source indicate that the negative relationship between unemployment and mortality is strongest for deaths due to cardiovascular disease and accidents. A finding that mortality among the elderly fluctuates with the unemployment rate suggests the possible importance of externalities associated with economic upturns.

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Paper provided by Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA), McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada in its series Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis Working Paper Series with number 2007-04.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:hpa:wpaper:200704
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