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

Gerard J. van den Berg (), Ulf-G. Gerdtham, Stephanie von Hinke (), Maarten Lindeboom (), Johannes Lissdaniels (), Jan Sundquist () and Kristina Sundquist ()
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Gerard J. van den Berg: University of Bristol
Johannes Lissdaniels: Lund University
Jan Sundquist: Lund University
Kristina Sundquist: Lund University

No 10809, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: There has been much interest recently in the relationship between economic conditions and mortality, with some studies showing that mortality is pro-cyclical whereas 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.

Keywords: aggregation; income; death; recession; health; unemployment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E3 I1 I12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-hea and nep-mac
Date: 2017-05
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