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The influence of the economic crisis on the association between unemployment and health: an empirical analysis for Spain

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Urbanos Garrido, Rosa María and Lopez Valcarcel, Beatriz G. (2015) The influence of the economic crisis on the association between unemployment and health: an empirical analysis for Spain. The European journal of health economics, 16 (2). pp. 175-184. ISSN 1618-7601

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10198-014-0563-y



Abstract

To estimate the impact of (particularly longterm) unemployment on the overall and mental health of the Spanish working-age population and to check whether the effects of unemployment on health have increased or been tempered as a consequence of the economic crisis. Methods We apply a matching technique to cross-sectional microdata from the Spanish Health Survey for the years 2006 and 2011–2012 to estimate the average treatment effect of unemployment on self-assessed health (SAH) in the last year, mental problems in the last year and on the mental health risk in the short term. We also use a differences-in-differences estimation method between the two periods to check if the impact of unemployment on health depends on the economic context.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Economic crisis; Unemployment; Self-assessed health; Mental health; Matching techniques; Spain
Subjects:Medical sciences > Medicine
Social sciences > Economics > Depressions
JEL:J64, I12, I18
ID Code:60465
Deposited On:13 May 2020 08:23
Last Modified:13 May 2020 10:14

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