Local labor market fluctuations and health: is there a connection and for whom?

@article{Charles2008LocalLM,
  title={Local labor market fluctuations and health: is there a connection and for whom?},
  author={Kerwin Kofi Charles and Philip Decicca},
  journal={Journal of health economics},
  year={2008},
  volume={27 6},
  pages={1532-50}
}
We examine the relationship between local labor market conditions and several measures of health and health behaviors for a sample of working-aged men living in the 58 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. We find evidence of procyclical relationships for weight-related health and mental health for men with low ex ante employment probabilities. Separate estimates suggest worsening labor market conditions lead to weight gains and reduced mental health among African-American men and… CONTINUE READING
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