Department of Economics
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I am a PhD candidate at the Department of Economics and Centre for Economic Demography at Lund University. I plan to defend my thesis in May 2017. My research field is applied microeconomics and my primary focus lies within the areas of health and labor economics.
Job market paper:
Journal of Public Economics, 2015. vol. pp.131, 21-32, Nov. 1, 2015. ISSN: 0047-2727
(with Petter Lundborg and Johan Vikström)
In this paper, we study the short-run effect of salary receipt on mortality among Swedish public sector employees. By exploiting variation in paydays across work-places, we completely control for mortality patterns related to, for example, public holidays and other special days or events coinciding with paydays and for general within-month and within-week mortality patterns. We find a dramatic increase in mortality on the day that salaries arrive. The increase is especially pronounced for younger workers and for deaths due to activity-related causes such as heart conditions and strokes. The effect is entirely driven by an increase in mortality among low income individuals, who are more likely to experience liquidity constraints. All things considered, our results suggest that an increase in general economic activity on salary receipt is an important cause of the excess mortality.