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The effects of austerity on mortality: Evidence from the United Kingdom

13 March 2024, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

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Join this event to hear Yonatan Berman document the impact of austerity measures introduced by the UK government after 2010 on life expectancy.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Tobias Ruttenauer


Room G03
55-59 Gordon Square

Yonatan will use administrative data spanning from 2002 to 2019 to construct a panel dataset, and will examine the association between regional exposure to welfare reforms and spending cuts and changes in life expectancy.

The seminar will show how these austerity measures resulted in a decrease of 2.5 to 5 months in life expectancy, with women experiencing an impact nearly twice as large as that of men. The primary driver of this trend is the reduction in welfare benefits. The findings suggest that austerity policies caused a three-year setback in life expectancy progress between 2010 and 2019.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in political economy, social policy, welfare and demography.

Please note this is a hybrid event and can be joined either in-person or online.

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About the Speaker

Yonatan Berman

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Economics at King's College London

His research lies in the intersection of public and labour economics and political economy, with a focus on quantitative methods.

He is mainly interested in the evolution of income and wealth distributions, social mobility and their inter-relationship, empirically and theoretically.

More about Yonatan Berman