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How a healthy economy can shorten life span

During recessions, people without jobs may have more time to sleep and exercise and may eat more healthfully

Austin Frakt | NYT 

The health of a nation’s economy and the health of its people are connected, but in some surprising ways. At times like these, when the economy is strong and unemployment is low, research has found that death rates rise. At least, in the short term. In the long term, economic growth is good for health. What’s going on? One study of European countries just before and during the Great Recession found that a one-percentage-point increase in the unemployment rate is associated with a 0.5 percent decline in the overall mortality rate. Other studies of Europe during ...

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First Published: Thu, October 19 2017. 19:03 IST