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.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Economics and Econometrics