NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Karen J. Minyard

Department of Public Management and Policy
and Georgia Health Policy Center
Andrew Young Policy Studies
Georgia State University
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Atlanta, GA 30302-3992

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July 2013Health and Health Behaviors during the Worst of Times
with Erdal Tekin, Chandler McClellan: w19234
Previous studies have shown that recessions are typically associated with better health and health behaviors. However, majority of these studies use data from the periods of relatively milder economic downturns that predate the “Great Recession.” In this paper, we examine the relationship between measures of macroeconomic conditions and a large set of outcomes of health and health behaviors using data from BRFSS between 1990 and 2014 with an emphasis on the period enveloping the Great Recession. Our results provide some support for the notion that weaker macroeconomic conditions are positively associated with health related outcomes, although the evidence is stronger for some of the outcomes (e.g., smoking and physical exercise) than others and is not present for some of the other outcomes...
 
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