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Economic upturns are good for your heart but watch out for accidents: a study on Swedish regional data 1976-2005

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This article explores the relationship between the regional unemployment rate in total and cause-specific mortality in Sweden during 1976-2005. Overall mortality is unrelated to changes in the unemployment rate, while the biggest cause of death (heart disease) decreases when the unemployment rate decreases. At the same time, other accidents, including job-related accidents, increases when the unemployment rate decreases. Swedish evidence provide no support for the US research findings, that 'short-term decreases in the unemployment rate are bad for your health', in general.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Economics, Orebro University, Orebro, Sweden

Publication date: February 1, 2010

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