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Over the last decade I have devoted most of my research efforts to factors that account for international differences in illness and mortality patterns. With the focus on industrialized countries, I have developed the first models of the impact of the Great Recession on suicide in 33 countries, including the U.S. and Europe. I also directed the largest multi-country epidemiological study funded by the EU, on the effects of the Recession on company downsizing and subsequent mental and physical health. This study took place in four countries, the UK, France, Hungary and Sweden; the results were that not only those who became unemployed, but also the survivors, suffered considerable depression, alcohol problems and other health damage. I have developed analyses of the effects of national health expenditures on reducing heart disease, cancer and stroke mortality in the United States and Europe, taking account of the health-damaging effects of the Great Recession. I proposed and analyzed new findings on the impact of the international recession and austerity measures on mental health, especially suicide.
Currently, I am involved in studies of patient safety, based on my patented algorithm for U.S. mortality. The socioeconomic elements of the algorithm, indicating patient and outpatient provider economic sources, stem from a model of U.S. population and hospital mortality in the past decade.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Sociology, Yale University

MA in Sociology, Yale University

BA in Economics, City University of New York

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Economics Medicine & Life Sciences
Unemployment Medicine & Life Sciences
Mortality Medicine & Life Sciences
Economic Development Medicine & Life Sciences
economic change Social Sciences
Health Medicine & Life Sciences
Utilization Review Medicine & Life Sciences
Quality of Health Care Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2012 2018

Research Output 1964 2017

  • 1877 Citations
  • 19 h-Index
  • 42 Article
  • 5 Letter
  • 2 Review article
1 Citation (Scopus)

Risk of psychological ill health and methods of organisational downsizing: A cross-sectional survey in four European countries

Andreeva, E., Brenner, M. H., Theorell, T. & Goldberg, M., 29 Sep 2017, In : BMC Public Health. 17, 1, 4789.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cross-Sectional Studies
1 Citation (Scopus)
Network Evolution
Human Capital
Statistical Model
Competition Model
1 Citation (Scopus)

Years of life lost, age discrimination, and the myth of productivity

Brenner, M. H., Oct 2017, In : American journal of public health. 107, 10, p. 1535-1537 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

1 Citation (Scopus)

World military expenditures and global cardiovascular mortality

Brenner, M. H., 1 Feb 2016, In : Journal of Public Health Policy. 37, 1, p. 20-35 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Health Expenditures
Economic Development
Mental Health
Cardiovascular Models
19 Citations (Scopus)

Depressive symptoms as a cause and effect of job loss in men and women: Evidence in the context of organisational downsizing from the Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Survey of Health

Andreeva, E., Magnusson Hanson, L. L., Westerlund, H., Theorell, T. & Brenner, M. H., 12 Oct 2015, In : BMC Public Health. 15, 1, 1045.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Occupational Health
Longitudinal Studies