There's One Good Thing About Mortality Rates During A Recession

Recession causes people to eat unhealthy food, skip medical treatment and insurance and commit suicide at elevated levels.

But there’s one good effect, according to a new paper in the Lancet (via Ideas Market).

People get in fewer fatal cars crashes. Presumably because they can’t afford to drive:

Road-traffic fatalities also fell substantially, especially in new member countries where they were initially very high. The webappendix shows three countries with high (Lithuania), medium (Hungary), and low (Netherlands) death rates before 2008, indicating that the scale of the post-crisis decline is related to the initial level. Thus, the rate of road-traffic fatalities in Lithuania fell rapidly, by almost 50%. However, when rates are already very low, as in the Netherlands, there is little scope to fall further.


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