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Income receipt and mortality: Evidence from Swedish public sector employees
Lund Univ, Dept Econ, S-22007 Lund, Sweden.;Lund Univ, Ctr Econ Demog, S-22007 Lund, Sweden..
Lund Univ, Dept Econ, S-22007 Lund, Sweden.;Lund Univ, Ctr Econ Demog, S-22007 Lund, Sweden.;IZA, Dresden, Germany..
Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Public Economics, ISSN 0047-2727, E-ISSN 1879-2316, Vol. 131, 21-32 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we study the short-run effect of salary receipt on mortality among Swedish public sector employees. By exploiting variation in paydays across work-places, we completely control for mortality patterns related to, for example, public holidays and other special days or events coinciding with paydays and for general within-month and within-week mortality patterns. We find a dramatic increase in mortality on the day that salaries arrive. The increase is especially pronounced for younger workers and for deaths due to activity-related causes such as heart conditions and strokes. The effect is entirely driven by an increase in mortality among low income individuals, who are more likely to experience liquidity constraints. All things considered, our results suggest that an increase in general economic activity on salary receipt is an important cause of the excess mortality.

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2015. Vol. 131, 21-32 p.
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Income, Mortality, Health, Consumption, Liquidity constraints, Permanent income hypothesis
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Sociology Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-269983DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2015.08.006ISI: 000365056600003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-269983DiVA: diva2:885588
Available from: 2015-12-19 Created: 2015-12-19 Last updated: 2015-12-19Bibliographically approved

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