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Unemployment and sleep: evidence from the United States and Europe

Blanchflower, DG; Bryson, A; (2021) Unemployment and sleep: evidence from the United States and Europe. Economics & Human Biology , 43 , Article 101042. 10.1016/j.ehb.2021.101042.

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Abstract

Using data for over 2.5 million individuals in the United States over the period 2006-2019 from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey series we show the unemployed suffer sleep disruption. The unemployed suffer more short and long sleep than the employed and are more likely to suffer from disturbed sleep. These are especially problematic for the long-term unemployed and for the jobless who say they are unable to work. Similar findings on unemployment and poor sleep quality are found in European data. Increases in the unemployment rate raise the incidence of short sleep and lower sleep durations.

Type: Article
Title: Unemployment and sleep: evidence from the United States and Europe
DOI: 10.1016/j.ehb.2021.101042
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ehb.2021.101042
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: sleep, unemployment, unable to work
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10130647
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