Think twice before accepting that bonus

HRM 23 Nov 2012

Research has found recipients have an increased risk of dying in the week they receive a monetary bonus.

More than just a speculative theory – statistics collated by researchers at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Maryland showed that in the week that US tax rebate checks arrived, the mortality rate among 25-to-64 year olds increased by 2.5%.

What’s more, following the receipt of a dividend payout to citizens of Alaska, the state’s mortality rate increased by a whopping 13%.

So what’s causing this morbid phenomenon? The answer seems to be in simply living it up. The higher levels of activity such as driving and recreation after money rolls in are the likely causes of the effect, the authors said.



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