Is there a link between foreclosure and health?

Janet Currie, Erdal Tekin

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We investigate the relationship between foreclosures and hospital visits using data on all foreclosures and all hospital and emergency room visits from four states that were among the hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis. We find that living in a neighborhood with a spike in foreclosures is associated with significant increases in urgent unscheduled visits, including increases in visits for preventable conditions. The estimated relationships cannot be accounted for by increasing unemployment, declines in housing prices, migration, or by people switching from out-patient providers to hospitals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-94
Number of pages32
JournalAmerican Economic Journal: Economic Policy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance


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