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Mortality and the business cycle : evidence from individual and aggregated data / Gerard J. van den Berg (University of Bristol, IFAU and IZA), Ulf-G. Gerdtham (Lund University), Stephanie von Hinke (University of Bristol), Maarten Lindeboom (VU Amsterdam and IZA), Johannes Lissdaniels (Lund University), Jan Sundquist (Lund University) Kristina Sundquist (Lund University) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserBerg, Gerard J. van den ; Gerdtham, Ulf-G. ; Hinke Kessler Scholder, Stephanie von ; Lindeboom, Maarten ; Lissdaniels, Johannes ; Sundquist, Jan ; Sundquist, Kristina
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, May 2017
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 10809
URNurn:nbn:de:hbz:5:2-126159 
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There has been much interest recently in the relationship between economic conditions and mortality, with some studies showing that mortality is pro-cyclical whereas others find the opposite. Some suggest that the aggregation level of analysis (e.g. individual vs. regional) matters. We use both individual and aggregated data on a sample of 20-64 year-old Swedish men from 1993 to 2007. Our results show that the association between the business cycle and mortality does not depend on the level of analysis: the sign and magnitude of the parameter estimates are similar at the individual level and the aggregate (county) level; both showing pro-cyclical mortality.