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The Great Recession and Mothers' Health

Author(s): Currie, Janet M.; Duque, Valentina; Garfinkel, Irwin

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Abstract: We use longitudinal data from the Fragile Families and Child Well-being Study to investigate the impacts of the Great Recession on the health of mothers. We focus on a wide range of physical and mental health outcomes, as well as health behaviors. We find that increases in the unemployment rate decrease self-reported health status and increase smoking and drug use. We also find evidence of heterogeneous impacts. Disadvantaged mothers—African-American, Hispanic, less educated, and unmarried–experience greater deterioration in their health than advantaged mothers—those who are white, married, and college educated.
Publication Date: Nov-2015
Electronic Publication Date: 17-Nov-2015
Citation: Currie, Janet M., Duque, Valentina, Garfinkel, Irwin. (2015). The Great Recession and Mothers' Health. The Economic Journal, 125 (588), F311 - F346. doi:10.1111/ecoj.12239
DOI: doi:10.1111/ecoj.12239
ISSN: 0013-0133
Pages: F311 - F346
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: The Economic Journal
Version: Author's manuscript

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