Journal article

New evidence on the impact of the Great Recession on health-compromising behaviours

James Hall, Ilias Goranitis, Jesse Kigozi, Alessandra Guariglia

ECONOMICS & HUMAN BIOLOGY | ELSEVIER | Published : 2021

Abstract

Using data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing over the period 2004-2017, this paper explores the effects of the Great Recession and its aftermath upon health-compromising behaviours in adults aged 50 and over. We introduce new techniques into this area of research, namely dynamic random-effects logit estimators which control for initial conditions and correlated individual effects. We observe a lack of crisis effect upon the probabilities of smoking and being physically inactive, as well as of transitioning in and out of these behaviours. In line with other recent literature, this suggests that the relationship between economic recessions and smoking and physical inactivity may ha..

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