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[Correspondence] Mortality decrease according to socioeconomic groups – Authors’ reply

Samuel Watson and Richard Lilford point out that the economic crisis in Spain might have caused households to downsize or to sell a car. If that was the case, people in those households would have had reduced exposure to the risk of traffic accidents and might also have greatly reduced their exposure to life-threatening lifestyles, such as smoking or alcohol consumption, because of the need to use their scarce financial resources to meet basic needs. The expected effect would not only be a reduction in mortality in low socioeconomic groups, but also an increased annual percentage reduction in mortality during the crisis in these groups.