Econ Active Research Lunch - Lunch @ 11:30am, Presentation @ 12:00pm in UH850
Presenter: Jane Greve, Senior Researcher, Danish Center of Applied Social Science
Paper: Can Changing Neighborhood Affect Mental Health? Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment in the Public Social Housing Allocation System"
Mental health problems generate vast pecuniary and non-pecuniary costs for the individual, for relatives and for society. We utilize a quasi-random allocation of applicants into different neighborhoods through the public social housing office to estimate the effect of exposure to a deprived neighborhood on mental health. The applicants entitled to public social housing are lower-income residents with both an urgent housing problem and social problems. Our results suggest that being exposed to a deprived neighborhood, as an adult, has a significant negative impact on mental health among vulnerable men.