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Does stress shorten your life? Evidence from parental bereavement


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Mar 2017


This paper studies how stress affects the mortality risk. Allowing for time-varying treatment effects, I find no impact of stress on the short run mortality risk but a substantially increase the long-run, especially for men. Investigating possible mechanisms, I provide evidence that the utilization of health care, in particular measures related to mental health, dampens the effect of stress for women. For men, my results show only a short-term protective effect. In the long run, my results suggest that they restore to adverse health behaviour in order to deal with stress.


Psychology, Well Being, Health, and Life Course Analysis



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