The bilateral relationship between depressive symptoms and employment status

Bubonya, Melisa, Cobb-Clark, Deborah A. and Ribar, David C. (2017). The bilateral relationship between depressive symptoms and employment status. LCC Working Paper Series 2017-07, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland.

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Author Bubonya, Melisa
Cobb-Clark, Deborah A.
Ribar, David C.
Title The bilateral relationship between depressive symptoms and employment status
School, Department or Centre Institute for Social Science Research
Institution The University of Queensland
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Series LCC Working Paper Series
Report Number 2017-07
Publication date 2017-03-29
Total pages 39
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This paper analyzes the bilateral relationship between depressive symptoms and employment status. We find that severe depressive symptoms are partially a consequence of economic inactivity. The incidence of depressive symptoms is higher if individuals have been out of a job for an extended period. Men’s mental health falls as they exit the labor force, while women’s worsens only after they have been out of the labor force for a period of time. Entering unemployment is also associated with a substantial deterioration in mental health, particularly for men. We also find that severe depressive symptoms, in turn, lead to economic inactivity. Individuals are less likely to be labor force participants or employed if they experience severe depressive symptoms. Men’s probability of being unemployed rises dramatically with the onset of depressive symptoms; women’s unemployment is increased by protracted depressive symptoms.
Keyword Mental health
Unemployment
Labor market status
HILDA survey
Depressive symptoms
Depression
Australia
Institutional Status Non-UQ

 
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