The impact of the financial crisis on population health

Project leader

Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2014
End date: 31/12/2016
Funding: 2430000 SEK


The ongoing financial crisis, bursting in the fall of 2007, is considered to be the deepest recession since the Great Depression with an immense impact on incomes and unemployment rates. Although it is considered a global crisis, some countries and some population segments are particularly hit, for instance young people in southern Europe. While the impact of the financial crisis on key economic indicators, such as international trade, incomes and unemployment, is fairly well documented, little is known about its effect on population health. Although there are suggestive single-country studies looking at the effect on some specific health indicator, the fragmentary character of these findings hampers any more general conclusions. In the proposed project we will assess the impact of the economic crisis on a broad range of mortality indicators. We will use data for up to 34 affluent countries with varying degrees of social protection. In this way we should obtain a comprehensive assessment of the impact of the economic crisis on population health, and the extent to which this impact is modified by the social protection system.

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