Mortality and the Business Cycle: Evidence from Individual and Aggregated Data

Research output: Working paper

Abstract

There has been much interest recently in the relationship between economic conditions and mortality, with some studies showing that mortality is pro-cyclical, while others find the opposite. Some suggest that the aggregation level of analysis (e.g. individual vs. regional) matters. We use both individual and aggregated data on a sample of 20-64 year-old Swedish men from 1993 to 2007. Our results show that the association between the business cycle and mortality does not depend on the level of analysis: the sign and magnitude of the parameter estimates are similar at the individual level and the aggregate (county) level; both showing pro-cyclical mortality.

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Authors
Organisations
External organisations
  • Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy (IFAU)
  • University of Bristol
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Economics

Keywords

  • Mortality, Recessions, Business Cycle, Health, Unemployment, Income, E03, I10, I12
Original languageEnglish
PublisherDepartment of Economics, Lund University
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameWorking Papers
PublisherDepartment of Economics, Lund University
No.2017:5