Four Essays on the Economics of Mental Health

2017-08-21T01:21:33Z (GMT) by CLARYN SHU-JI KUNG
In light of the large global burden of poor mental health, including the direct and indirect costs to individuals, families and societies, this thesis provides empirical evidence for some of its causes and consequences on economic behaviour and outcomes. Results from econometric models reveal sizeable links between mental health and socioeconomic conditions, not only during adulthood or working ages, but also in childhood and old age. This thesis overviews and advances four unique literatures, spanning from how childhood mental health predicts mental health and economic prosperity across adulthood, to how mental health affects how one responds to financial incentives.