It never rains but it pours: Austerity and mortality rate in peripheral areas
Calogero Guccio (),
G. Pignatora and
Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers from HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York
Austerity policies have been widely adopted in advanced countries to reduce public deficits. However, they can have unintended consequences, including negative impacts on population health. In this paper, taking advantage of temporal and geographical discontinuity of regional healthcare recovery plans (RPs) adopted in Italy since 2007 and employing a matching estimator in a discrete spatial non-stationarity framework, the impact of RPs on mortality rates at the municipal level has been tested for the period 2003 to 2018. We find that austerity has had unintentional negative effects on the mortality rate, particularly in peripheral areas and for the most vulnerable population.
Keywords: austerity; health outcomes; mortality rate; spatial non-stationarity; difference-in-difference (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C23 E32 I10 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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