Mental health and wellbeing

Substantial links are seen between poor mental health and economic status, including lower educational attainment, unemployment, poverty, homelessness and crime. Poor mental health also impacts national productivity, considering its links with higher worker absenteeism and presenteeism. Economics provides an extensive set of analytical tools for discovering new facts and insights that can aid the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental health conditions. Using large and complex survey data and applying advanced methods to address issues of causation, we aim to provide evidence on the economic causes and consequences of poor mental health, the costs of poor mental health on productivity, and the evaluation of policy interventions aimed at improving population mental health and economic participation.

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