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Destruction and Distress: Using a Quasi‐Experiment to Show the Effects of the September 11 Attacks on Mental Well‐Being in the United Kingdom

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  • Robert Metcalfe
  • Nattavudh Powdthavee
  • Paul Dolan

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Using a longitudinal household panel dataset in the UK, where a significant proportion of the interviews are conducted in September each year, we are able to show that the attacks of September 11 resulted in lower levels of subjective well-being for those interviewed after that date in 2001 compared with those interviewed before it. This quasi‐experiment provides one of the first examples of the impact of a terrorist attack in one country on well‐being in another country.

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  • Robert Metcalfe & Nattavudh Powdthavee & Paul Dolan, 2011. "Destruction and Distress: Using a Quasi‐Experiment to Show the Effects of the September 11 Attacks on Mental Well‐Being in the United Kingdom," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 121(550), pages 81-103, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:121:y:2011:i:550:p:f81-f103
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