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dc.contributor.authorMervin, Cindy
dc.contributor.authorFrijters, Paul
dc.contributor.editorMelbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
dc.description.abstractIn this paper, we use seven years of data (Waves 2 to 8 for the period 2002-2008) from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey to estimate the effect of nine life-events on mental health for individuals aged 15 and over. Our analysis has three focal points: whether individuals adapt to life events, the one-off income required to compensate individuals for experiencing a life event, and the investigation of the effects of measures of social support, with a particular focus on marital status, kids, friends, and social network. To investigate these issues we use fixed effect models. There is no adaptation to having a serious illness and being a victim of violence. As a result, the monetary compensations required for constant utility are higher for these events compared to other events where adaptation is complete. Being married significantly buffers against the adverse effect of having a serious illness (e.g. reduces it by 12 per cent) and being a victim of violence (e.g. reduces it by 10.7 per cent).
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dc.relation.ispartofconferencenameHILDA Survey Research Conference 2011
dc.relation.ispartofconferencetitleHILDA Conference 2011 Proceedings
dc.relation.ispartoflocationMelbourne, Australia
dc.subject.fieldofresearchHealth Economics
dc.titleThe Effect of Own Life Events on Own Mental Health
dc.typeConference output
dc.type.descriptionE1 - Conferences
dc.type.codeE - Conference Publications
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gro.griffith.authorMervin, Cindy C.

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