Exploring the Economic and Social Determinants of Psychological and Psychosocial Health

37 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2001

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Michael A. Shields

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Stephen Wheatley Price

University of Leicester - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: November 2001

Abstract

This paper explores the determinants of individuals' psychological and psychosocial health using recent Health Survey for England data. We find evidence that our dependent variables, defined, respectively, from the GHQ12 and Perceived Social Support scores, are negatively related to household poverty as well as acute and chronic physical health. Unemployment has a detrimental effect for both men and women, but this effect is mitigated for individuals residing in high employment deprivation areas, suggesting a "social norm" effect. Our random effects (household) ordered probit modelling approach finds that unobserved intra-household characteristics play an important role in determining an individual' levels of psychological and psychosocial health.

Keywords: Psychological Health, Psychosocial Health, Deprivation, Intra-Household Effects, Social Norm, Unemployment

JEL Classification: I1, I3

Suggested Citation

Shields, Michael A. and Wheatley Price, Stephen, Exploring the Economic and Social Determinants of Psychological and Psychosocial Health (November 2001). IZA Discussion Paper No. 396. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=290903

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