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HRES Report Summary

Project ID: 313590
Funded under: FP7-IDEAS-ERC
Country: United Kingdom

Mid-Term Report Summary - HRES (Health Resilience and Economic Shocks: Analysis of Quasi-Natural Experiments Using Multi-Level Modelling)

Our project on health resilience and economic shocks has made a series of contributions to understanding the consequences for health of social and economic change. We have taken advantage of a range of innovative data sources and applied natural experiment methodologies for better ascertaining causality.
Selected contributions (see full list of publications) include:
- National Minimum Wages improved mental health outcomes and reduced depression risk, with an effect size as large as commonly prescribed anti-depressants
- Social protection programmes can prevent economic suicides from occurring during economic downturns
- Large budget reductions and job losses increase risk of food insecurity in Europe, exacerbated by rising food prices
- Reductions in housing benefits for low-income youth led to about 35,000 new cases of depression in the UK
- Punitive sanctioning employment policies have led to reductions in benefit provision but not returns to employment
- More generous pension systems helped alleviate inequalities in access to medical care between the rich and poor, but only in nations where out of pocket spending is high

These studies have helped develop an understanding of how to promote healthy resilience to economic shocks and hardship, at both individual and societal levels.


Gill Wells, (Head of European Team)
Tel.: +44 1865 289800
Fax: +44 1865 289801
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