The Effects of Job Displacement on the Onset and Progression of Diabetes

Annette Bergemann 1, Erik Gronqvist2, Soffia Gudbjornsdottir3
1University of Mannheim, Germany, 2IFAU, Sweden, 3NHV, Sweden

The rapid increase in diabetes prevalence has become a major concern world wide. We analyze causal effects of being mass laid-off on the onset and progression of diabetes. We use a uniquely rich administrative data set from Sweden covering the whole population from the time from 1985 to 2008. As those that are laid-off might be a selective group with respect to health issues, we apply the method of dynamic matching. The method is particularly well suited to estimate treatment effects in dynamic setting where the treatment (the lay-off) occurs at different points in time.

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