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Friday, 19 August 2011

change when public servants get paid to save the nhs money

this freakonomics article reports on some 2010 research which apparently shows a link between mortality rates and when people get paid (the 30 years worth of data used is from the usa)

one explanation offered for the link is that when we get paid we go out shopping (which increases the risk of all kinds of things like car accidents or heart attacks) 

in summary it’s not the receipt of income  - it’s the activity generated by the receipt  - that’s the killer

so here's an idea

if the government paid different groups of it's employees at different times of the month

then presumably that would smooth the accident/health effects described above

and so spread the load of such on the nhs across the month more evenly

photo by leo reynolds

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