Mental Health and the Economic Crisis in Europe: What Changed? Who Changed?

University Seminar
Speaker: Kai Ruggeri, PhD

It is widely argued that physical and mental health were negatively impacted by the global economic crisis of the past decade. Taking a far more nuanced approach using a European-wide dataset of over 80,000 individuals, it is clear that such conclusions are incomplete, or even inaccurate. Looking at changes in physical health, mental health, and subjective well-being between 2006 and 2012, we present a detailed set of findings for use as evidence-based policy levers. We emphasise that differences in outcomes between groups are a tremendous opportunity for generating effective population health interventions relevant to economic policy.