An agenda for unemployment research: a challenge for public health

Int J Health Serv. 2005;35(4):765-77. doi: 10.2190/E42R-T7CP-42PT-9JB1.


Unemployment figures are high worldwide, and this should be a challenge for both researchers and politicians. Public health research has a tradition of descriptive studies among the unemployed at the individual level and has to a limited extent been engaged in interventive and preventive trials to study the effect of different measures to counter unemployment. The article gives a brief review of the development of postwar unemployment research and proposes an agenda for unemployment research within public health for the coming years.

MeSH terms

  • Global Health
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Public Health*
  • Research*
  • Unemployment*