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dc.contributor.authorRohde, Nicholas
dc.contributor.authorD'Ambrosio, Conchita
dc.contributor.authorTang, Kam Ki
dc.contributor.authorRao, Prasada
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-16T03:57:37Z
dc.date.available2018-10-16T03:57:37Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.issn1871-2584
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11482-015-9401-3
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/161849
dc.description.abstractIt is frequently hypothesized that feelings of social isolation are detrimental for an individual’s mental health, however standard statistical models cannot estimate this effect due to reverse causality between the independent and dependent variables. In this paper we present endogeneity-corrected estimates of the mental health consequences of isolation (based on self-assessed loneliness scores) using Australian panel data. The central identification strategy comes from a natural source of variation where some people within our sample are required by work or study commitments to move home. This relocation may break individuals’ social ties, resulting in significantly higher reported feelings of loneliness and consequently may lower mental health scores. The method gives results that are significant, robust and pass a battery of diagnostic tests. Estimates indicate that feelings of isolation have large negative consequences for psychological well-being, and that the effects are larger for women and older people. The results suggest that at current levels, a 10 % reduction applied to all individuals would reduce annual expenditure on mental illness in Australia by approximately $3B AUD, or around $150 AUD per person.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherSpringer
dc.publisher.placeNetherlands
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom1
dc.relation.ispartofpageto17
dc.relation.ispartofjournalApplied Research in Quality of Life
dc.subject.fieldofresearchHealth Economics
dc.subject.fieldofresearchSociology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPsychology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode140208
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1608
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1701
dc.titleEstimating the Mental Health Effects of Social Isolation
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.facultyGriffith Business School, Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics
gro.description.notepublicThis publication has been entered into Griffith Research Online as an Advanced Online Version.
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorRohde, Nicholas


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