High provincial unemployment rates decrease fertility, improve the socio-economic cohort composition of mothers and lead to a lower birthweight in boys. Moreover, girls exposed to unfavorable business-cycle conditions at birth are at an increased risk for fatal cardiovascular disease events in adult life. Also, stress caused by high unemployment levels can increase the probability of Cesarean delivery for male babies. These are the conclusions of Laura Viluma, who will be awarded a PhD by the University of Groningen on 8 April.
Viluma’s thesis focuses on two aspects of the interactions between economy and health. First, based on the fetal programming hypothesis that suggests a relationship between the economic circumstances before birth and health later in life, she analyzes the impact of macroeconomic conditions around birth on infant health and on adult cardiovascular disease risk.
The second part of her thesis takes a different look at the interactions of economy and health by investigating incentives for moral hazard and selection in health insurance. Viluma shows that even though healthier people are more likely to opt for a higher deductible, overall, the voluntary deductible reduces moral hazard in healthcare utilization in the Netherlands.
> More news from the Faculty of Economics and Business
> FEB experts in the media
Simply transferring money to people living in poverty works. They then invest it in food, clean drinking water, education and a sustainable house with solar panels. These are the main findings of a study by the University of Groningen that examined...
Professor Robert Lensink, vice-dean research at the Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB), will lead the new Africa-Europe Cluster of Research Excellence in Inequalities, Poverty and Deprivation (CoRE IPD) together with professor Murray...
Assistant Professor Aline Seepma, together with Nonhlanhla Dube and Isabell Storsjö received the EurOMA Early Career Researcher Networking Grant at the 30th EurOMA Conference in Leuven (Belgium). This grant of € 5000 will facilitate research visits...
The UG website uses functional and anonymous analytics cookies. Please answer the question of whether you want to accept
or reject other cookies (such as tracking cookies).
If no choice is made, only basic cookies will be stored. More information