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The impact of the UK National Minimum Wage on mental health. / Kronenberg, Christoph; Jacobs, Rowena; Zucchelli, Eugenio.

In: SSM - Population Health, Vol. 3, 12.2017, p. 749-755.

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Kronenberg, C, Jacobs, R & Zucchelli, E 2017, 'The impact of the UK National Minimum Wage on mental health', SSM - Population Health, vol. 3, pp. 749-755. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2017.08.007

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Kronenberg C, Jacobs R, Zucchelli E. The impact of the UK National Minimum Wage on mental health. SSM - Population Health. 2017 Dec;3:749-755. Epub 2017 Aug 19. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2017.08.007

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Kronenberg, Christoph ; Jacobs, Rowena ; Zucchelli, Eugenio. / The impact of the UK National Minimum Wage on mental health. In: SSM - Population Health. 2017 ; Vol. 3. pp. 749-755.

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