dc.contributor.author Rohde, Nicholas dc.contributor.author D'Ambrosio, Conchita dc.contributor.author Tang, Kam Ki dc.contributor.author Rao, Prasada dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-16T03:57:37Z dc.date.available 2018-10-16T03:57:37Z dc.date.issued 2016 dc.identifier.issn 1871-2584 dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s11482-015-9401-3 dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10072/161849 dc.description.abstract It 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.peerreviewed Yes dc.language English dc.publisher Springer dc.publisher.place Netherlands dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom 1 dc.relation.ispartofpageto 17 dc.relation.ispartofjournal Applied Research in Quality of Life dc.subject.fieldofresearch Health Economics dc.subject.fieldofresearch Sociology dc.subject.fieldofresearch Psychology dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode 140208 dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode 1608 dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode 1701 dc.title Estimating the Mental Health Effects of Social Isolation dc.type Journal article dc.type.description C1 - Articles dc.type.code C - Journal Articles gro.faculty Griffith Business School, Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics gro.description.notepublic This publication has been entered into Griffith Research Online as an Advanced Online Version. gro.hasfulltext No Full Text gro.griffith.author Rohde, Nicholas
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