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Mental stress in Ireland, 1994-2000: a stochastic dominance approach

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  • David Madden

    (School of Economics, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin, Ireland)

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The General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) is frequently used as a measure of mental well-being with those people with values below a certain threshold regarded as suffering from mental stress. Comparison of mental stress levels across populations may then be sensitive to the chosen threshold. This paper uses stochastic dominance techniques to show that mental stress fell in Ireland over the 1994-2000 period regardless of the threshold chosen. Decomposition techniques suggest that changes in the proportion unemployed and in the protective effect of income, education and marital status upon mental health were the principal factors underlying this fall. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Health Economics.

Volume (Year): 18 (2009)
Issue (Month): 10 ()
Pages: 1202-1217

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Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:18:y:2009:i:10:p:1202-1217

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  1. David Madden, 2010. "Gender Differences in Mental Well-Being: a Decomposition Analysis," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 99(1), pages 101-114, October.
  2. Brendan Walsh, 2011. "Well-being and Economic Conditions in Ireland," Working Papers 201127, School Of Economics, University College Dublin.
  3. David Madden, 2012. "The Socioeconomic Determinants of Mental Stress in Ireland," Working Papers 201221, School Of Economics, University College Dublin.
  4. David Madden, 2012. "Methods for Studying Dominance and Inequality in Population Health," Working Papers 201205, School Of Economics, University College Dublin.
  5. David Madden, 2011. "The Impact of an Economic Boom on the Level and Distribution of Subjective Well-Being: Ireland, 1994–2001," Journal of Happiness Studies, Springer, vol. 12(4), pages 667-679, August.

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