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Citation

Martikainen PT, Valkonen T. Am. J. Public Health 1998; 88(12): 1859-1861.

Affiliation

Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki, Finland. pekka.martikainen@helsinki.fi

Copyright

(Copyright © 1998, American Public Health Association)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

9842389

PMCID

PMC1509062

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This study estimated the effects of changes in unemployment rates of occupation groups on changes in mortality in a period of increasing unemployment. METHODS: Census records for all 20- to 64-year-old economically active Finnish men in 1985 were linked to information on unemployment and deaths in 1987 through 1993. RESULTS: Change in mortality was similar in occupation groups in which unemployment rates increased at a different pace. These relationships were similar for all age groups and for mortality from diseases as well as accidents and violence. CONCLUSIONS: Unemployment does not seem to cause mortality in the short term. Excess mortality rates among unemployed individuals observed in previous studies may have been due in part to selection.


Language: en

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