The Global Financial Crisis and Employee Mental Health
CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2020-032
53 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2021
Date Written: November 23, 2020
We find that the Global Financial Crisis (2007-2009) had an adverse effect on employee mental health. To identify the causal effects of the credit shock, we exploit the plausibly exogenous variation in firms’ need to refinance their long-term debt in 2008, a period when refinancing became more difficult due to tightening bank lending standards. Using administrative data from the Netherlands, we demonstrate that antidepressant use grew significantly more in the 2008-2012 period among employees of firms in need of high debt refinancing. A higher probability of job separation in these firms suggests lower job security as a transmission channel.
Keywords: Financial crisis, credit supply, mental health, job insecurity, human capital, work conditions, labor relations, financial distress, bankruptcy
JEL Classification: G01, G21, I12
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