Does Unemployment Lead to a Less Healthy Lifestyle?

Micha Kaiser, Jan Michael Bauer, Alfonso Sousa-Poza

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    In this article, we use 22 years of data from the German Socio-Economic Panel and information on plant closures to investigate the effects of unemployment on four indicators of unhealthy lifestyles: diet, alcohol consumption, smoking and (a lack of) physical activity. In contrast to much of the existing literature, which unlike our analysis is unable to assess causality, our results provide little evidence that unemployment gives rise to unhealthy lifestyles.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalApplied Economics Letters
    Issue number12
    Pages (from-to)815-819
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • Smoking
    • Alcohol
    • Consumption
    • Physical activity
    • Diet

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