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Impact of the great recession on self-perceived health in Spain: a longitudinal study with individual data
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    Inconclusive evidence on self-assessed health in Spain during the Great Recession

    Saez, Vidiella-Martin, and López Casasnovas1 investigate the impact of the Great Recession on self-assessed health in Spain analyzing data from four waves—2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014—of a Survey of Household Finances by the Bank of Spain. The surveys included repeated observations of self-assessed health and other variables measured in the same individuals.
    The statistical model of Saez et al. is a mixed logistic regression in which the log of the odds of poor health (log [P / (1 - P)], where P is the probability of declaring poor health) is computed as a linear combination of a random effect for the year of the survey, random effects for individuals and families, and a large set of control variables at both family level (gross wealth, total debt, family income, savings rate, family size, number of family members who work, and type of family residence—owned or rented) and individual level (sex, age—stratified in six groups—, educational level, occupation, and marital status). Saez et al. computed the model with and without adjustment for the control variables and both for the whole sample and for 12 subsamples stratified by sex and age. The observations were weighted, to compensate for the fact that the original survey oversampled the wealthiest households, and the sample was trimmed to eliminate outliers.
    Saez et al. found a downward change in self-perceived health during the third wave of the survey, i.e., that of 2011, which coincides with the most severe per...

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