Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Recession's Deathly Hangover

"An individual who is born in a recession and who survives until age 40 lives around 11 months shorter than an otherwise identical individual born in a boom because the risk of CV [cardiovascular mortality] is lower [for those born during boom times]."

Source: "Being Born Under Adverse Economic Conditions Leads to a Higher Cardiovascular Mortality Rate Later in Life: Evidence Based on Individuals Born at Different Stages of the Business Cycle," Gerard J. van den Berg, Gabriele Doblhammer-Reiter, Kaare Christensen, Demography, Volume 48, No. 2, May 2011

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