The Great Recession and Mothers' Health

Janet Currie, Valentina Duque, Irwin Garfinkel

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We use longitudinal data from the Fragile Families and Child Well-being Study to investigate the impacts of the Great Recession on the health of mothers. We focus on a wide range of physical and mental health outcomes, as well as health behaviour. We find that increases in the unemployment rate decrease self-reported health status and increase smoking and drug use. We also find evidence of heterogeneous impacts. Disadvantaged mothers - African American, Hispanic, less educated and unmarried - experience greater deterioration in their health than advantaged mothers - those who are white, married and college educated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)F311-F346
JournalEconomic Journal
Issue number588
StatePublished - Nov 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics


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