The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills

body economicThe Body Economic is the first, agenda-shaping, look at the human costs of financial crisis – the culmination of ten years’ work by two pioneering researchers – Sanjay Basu and David Stuckler.

The global financial crisis has had a seismic impact upon the wealth of nations. But we have little sense of how it affects one of the most fundamental issues of all: our physical and mental health. Stuckler Publication Date: 21 May 2013. Buy the book.


stucklerAt a seminar at the University of Edinburgh in March 2013 David went into more detail of the content of his book and expressed his real deep concern.

Politicians have talked endlessly about the seismic economic and social impacts of the recent financial crisis, but many continue to ignore its disastrous effects on human health—and have even exacerbated them, by adopting harsh austerity measures and cutting key social programs at a time when constituents need them most. The result, as David Stuckler will discuss in this talk (based on his book, with Sanjay Basu, of the same title), is that many countries have turned their recessions into veritable epidemics, ruining or extinguishing thousands of lives in a misguided attempt to balance budgets and shore up financial markets. In this talk, David will argue that sound alternative policies could instead help improve economies and protect public health at the same time.

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