Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/80536
Authors: 
Tekin, Erdal
McClellan, Chandler
Minyard, Karen Jean
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 7538
Abstract: 
While previous studies have shown that recessions are associated with better health outcomes and behaviors, the focus of these studies has been on the relatively milder recessions of the late 20th century. In this paper, we examine if the previously established counter-cyclical pattern in health and heath behaviors is held during the Great Recession. Using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) between 2005 and 2011 and focusing on a wide range of outcomes capturing health and health behaviors, we show that the association between economic deterioration and these outcomes has weakened considerably during the recent recession. In fact, majority of our estimates indicate that the relationship has practically become zero, though subtle differences exist among various sub-populations. Our results are consistent with the evidence emerging from several recent studies that suggests that the relationship between economic activity and health and health behaviors has become less noticeable in the recent years.
Subjects: 
health
recession
business cycle
health behavior
JEL: 
E32
I00
I10
I12
I14
I15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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