Income receipt and mortality: Evidence from Swedish public sector employees
2015 (English)In: Journal of Public Economics, ISSN 0047-2727, E-ISSN 1879-2316, Vol. 131, 21-32 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 131, 21-32 p.
Income, Mortality, Health, Consumption, Liquidity constraints, Permanent income hypothesis
Sociology Social Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-269983DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2015.08.006ISI: 000365056600003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-269983DiVA: diva2:885588