Mental Health, Creativity, and Wealth

19 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2021 Last revised: 22 Nov 2021

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Barbara Biasi

Yale School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Michael S. Dahl

Aalborg University Business School

Petra Moser

NYU Stern Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: October 2021

Abstract

Focusing on bipolar disorder (BD), we investigate the link between mental health, creativity, and wealth. Analyzing population data for Denmark, we find that people with BD are more likely to be musicians, but less likely to hold other creative jobs than the population. Healthy siblings of people with BD, however, are consistently more likely to work in creative jobs. We also show people in the top decile of parental wealth are seven times as likely to work in creative professions compared with the bottom decile. Yet, wealth differences only explain a small portion of the link between BD and creativity.

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Suggested Citation

Biasi, Barbara and Dahl, Michael Slavensky and Moser, Petra, Mental Health, Creativity, and Wealth (October 2021). NBER Working Paper No. w29422, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3953949

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