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Internet Use and Depression Among the Elderly


George S. Ford


Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies

Sherry G. Ford


University of Montevallo

August 15, 2009

TPRC 2009

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We employ a dataset of over 7,000 elderly retired persons to evaluate the role of Internet use on mental well-being. Well-being is measured using the eight-point depression scale developed by the Center for Epidemiologic Studies (CES-D). Empirical techniques include single equation regression, instrumental variables and propensity score methods. All procedures indicate a positive contribution of Internet use to mental well-being of elderly Americans, with estimates indicating about a 20% reduction in depression classification resulting from Internet use. As depression is estimated to cost the United States about $100 billion annually, expanding Internet use among the elderly may have significant payoffs.

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Date posted: February 6, 2012  

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Ford, George S. and Ford, Sherry G., Internet Use and Depression Among the Elderly (August 15, 2009). TPRC 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1999838

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George S. Ford (Contact Author)
Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies ( email )
5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
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Washington, DC 20015
United States
Sherry G. Ford
University of Montevallo ( email )
Montevallo, AL 35115
United States
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