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Do More of those in Misery Suffer From Poverty, Unemployment or Mental Illness?

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  • Sarah Flèche
  • Richard Layard

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Studies of deprivation usually ignore mental illness. This paper uses household panel data from the USA, Australia, Britain and Germany to broaden the analysis. We ask first how many of those in the lowest levels of life-satisfaction suffer from unemployment, poverty, physical ill health, and mental illness. The largest proportion suffer from mental illness. Multiple regression shows that mental illness is not highly correlated with poverty or unemployment, and that it contributes more to explaining the presence of misery than is explained by either poverty or unemployment. This holds both with and without fixed effects.

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  • Sarah Flèche & Richard Layard, 2015. "Do More of those in Misery Suffer From Poverty, Unemployment or Mental Illness?," CEP Discussion Papers dp1356, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
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    1. Do More of those in Misery Suffer From Poverty, Unemployment or Mental Illness? By: Sarah Flèche ; Richard Layard
      by maximorossi in NEP-LTV blog on 2015-06-15 22:29:53
    2. Do More of Those in Misery Suffer from Poverty, Unemployment or Mental Illness? By: Flèche, Sarah (CEP, London School of Economics) ; Layard, Richard (London School of Economics)
      by maximorossi in NEP-LTV blog on 2015-08-17 19:30:31
    3. Do more of those in misery suffer from poverty, unemployment or mental illness? By: Sarah Flèche ; Richard Layard
      by maximorossi in NEP-LTV blog on 2015-07-30 22:25:31

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    Keywords

    Mental health; life-satisfaction; wellbeing; poverty; unemployment;
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    JEL classification:

    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • I3 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty

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