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Recessions, labour-market uncertainty and health – RecessionsHealth

Submission summary

The aim of the proposal is to provide a comprehensive analysis of how individual health is affected -- both in the short and in the long-run -- when recessions cause uncertainty on the labour market. To achieve this aim, we will exploit major recessions -- the 1990s Swedish recession, the Great Recession and the ongoing Covid-19 recession -- combined with particularly rich survey and administrative data from Europe. We will answer two well-posed and policy-relevant questions: (i) Does recession-induced labour-market uncertainty deteriorate health ? Are there critical periods in the lifecourse (career entry, prime-age, retirement) when recessions have disproportionate impacts on health? (ii) What are the collateral mental health effects of labour-market uncertainty induced by the Covid-19 outbreak? Understanding the health effects of labour-market uncertainty is crucial to protect vulnerable groups during recessions, maintain human capital and working capacity, and design adequate social protection schemes.

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Help of the ANR 178,458 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: December 2021 - 36 Months

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