Special Issue "Economic Crisis and Health"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Economics".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2019).
Interests: health economics; human resources for health; public health economics; new technologies in healthcare; health econometrics
We are organizing a Special Issue entitled “Economic Crisis and Health” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The venue is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public health. For detailed information on the journal, we refer you to https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph.
The economic recession began in 2008. It went through different phases and asymmetrically affected many countries, with a greater or lesser degree of intensity. Beyond the macroeconomic figures, it has had tangible effects on the wellbeing of people and populations. Health, its social determinants and health care services of the general population or certain groups have been exposed to high risks.
The economic crisis has been a topic of interest for analysts from different disciplines. In PubMed there are 1,031 articles published since 2008 that have focused on "economic crisis" or "economic recession" and health. What we have learned for the 2008 crisis should help us face future challenges derived from changes in the economic cycle. Now is a good time to evaluate our knowledge on this topic from a multidisciplinary perspective, taking into account the health of human beings and the health of the planet, short-term and long-term efficiency, and equity. This monographic Issue will collect contributions that provide a global health perspective, a comparative international perspective, and specific studies for some of the countries most affected by the recent crisis.
Studies that assess the effects of the economic crisis on health, both short- and long-term, direct and indirect, should also allow one to measure the impact of interventions and policies designed to mitigate these effects, and this evaluation will be helpful for the future.
Being a topic of great social and scientific interest, the results of past empirical studies show a remarkable lack of concordance, partly due to the data used and partly due to the methods applied. Many studies have common limitations: the use of cross-sectional data and no consideration of lags between the cause (economic recession) and its effects.
It is important to consolidate rigorous methodological standards to evaluate cause–effect relationships between the economic recession, social policies, health, and the utilization of health services.
This monographic Issue will serve as a meeting point between public health and health economics and will address others issues such as the following:
- International perspectives of the effects of economic recessions on health and healthcare;
- Specific studies for countries particularly affected by the last economic crisis;
- Methods for measuring the effects of economic crisis on healthcare, health, and equity, and for evaluating the impact of policies addressed to face the crisis;
- Does really austerity kill?
- Economic crisis, environmental problems, and global health;
- Equity concerns related to the economic crisis;
- Public policies, and social protection;
- Effects of the economic crisis on specific population groups: migrants, women, children, unemployed, and seniors.
We welcome the submission of reviews, original research articles, short communications, case studies, and other kinds of articles targeting any of these core research questions and beyond. We would be delighted to attract as diverse submissions across geographies and jurisdictions as possible.
Prof. Beatriz G. Lopez-Valcarcel
Prof. Juan Oliva-Moreno
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- Economic recession
- Economic crisis
- Austerity policies
- Global health
- Public expenditures
- Economic policies
- Health policies
- Social protection
- Migration policies