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Moving to become healthier? (2020)

Johansson, E., Böckerman, P., & Koskinen, S. (2020). Moving to become healthier?. SSM : Population Health, 10, Article 100528. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2019.100528

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All authors or editors: Johansson, Edvard; Böckerman, Petri; Koskinen, Seppo

Journal or series: SSM : Population Health

eISSN: 2352-8273

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 10

Article number: 100528

Publisher: Elsevier Ltd

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2019.100528

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/66918


This paper examines individuals’ health and whether it improves when individuals move from a region with poorer health on average to a region with better health on average. We used data from Finland, which is a country with large regional differences in health behaviours and outcomes. We found no evidence that moving from a less healthy region to a healthier region would have any significant effect on the health of individuals who move compared with the health of other individuals. We also examined the potential heterogeneity in the analysed relationships. We found evidence of a relationship between moving itself and health improvements, but this generally true only for our subsample of individuals who had only average or poorer health before moving.

Keywords: self-rated health; regional differences; migratory movement (demography); internal migration; health effects

Free keywords: self-reported health; migration; place effects

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Reporting Year: 2020

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