Why Recessions Are Good For Your Health: Nursing Home Staffs

It’s an odd phenomenon: More people tend to die during good economic times than bad.

A paper just posted by the The National Bureau of Economic Research offers an interesting explanation: When the economy is better, the labor market gets tighter and staff shortages in nursing homes get worse, so the inferior care leads to more deaths.

But the key seems to lie with older women, argue the authors of The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: Understanding Pro-cyclical Mortality. They note that “women age 65 plus account for 55% of the roughly 6,700 additional deaths (across all ages and genders) that are predicted to result from a 1 percentage point drop in unemployment.”

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