Letters Disaster of austerity in Europe

Austerity in Greece not only kills but also curtails births and marriages

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6639 (Published 06 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6639
  1. George Michas, research associate1,
  2. Stefanos Papadopoulos, research fellow2,
  3. Renata Micha, research associate13
  1. 1Agricultural University of Athens, Iera Odos 75, Athens, Greece
  2. 2Harris Birthright Research Centre for Fetal Medicine, King’s College Hospital, London, UK
  3. 3Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
  1. gv.michas{at}gmail.com

Although the tremendous toll that austerity has had on the health of the Greek population has received considerable attention,1 2 its effects on births and marriages have been largely overlooked. A recent study that encompassed 14 European countries showed that recession induced postponement and recuperation of fertility over the course of 35 years.3 Furthermore, the positive correlation between births and marriages …

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