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By Ann Huff Stevens
University of California at Davis 

How can job loss be bad for health, and recession be good for it?

 

September 1, 2017



(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)

(THE CONVERSATION) There’s no better time than Labor Day to think about the critical role that work – both our own jobs and the labor of others – plays in all of our lives. But this role is surprisingly complex: While job loss and unemployment can cause individuals’ own health to suffer, studies have shown that mortality rates go down during a recession.

Understanding this seeming contradiction forces us to think not only about how our own employment affects health, but...



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