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Transitioning across gender is related to greater life and job satisfaction

A new IZA World of Labor report finds that after transitioning, trans people experience better mental health, and greater life and job satisfaction. Furthermore, studies show that while becoming a man is related to a small rise in wages, trans-women … Continue reading

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Mental health affects employment outcomes – and vice versa

Depression, which is the focus of this year’s World Health Day, is also an important topic for labor economists as mental health and employment outcomes are inherently intertwined. People with poor mental health have lower levels of economic activity, lower … Continue reading

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The economics of mental health: Better treatment would more than pay for itself

Mental illness accounts for half of all illness up to age 45 in rich countries, making it the most prevalent disease among working-age people. Mental illness costs billions in welfare payments and lost taxes. Sir Richard Layard (London School of Economics) … Continue reading

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Mental health costs of access to unsafe drinking water

Fulfilling one of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals five years before schedule, 2.6 billion people gained access to sources of clean drinking water between 1990 and 2015. But with water arguably the most valuable resource on earth, the euphoria surrounding … Continue reading

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Unborn babies respond to grandparents’ death

There is ample evidence that fetuses are negatively affected by diseases and other health issues of the mother. But little is known about babies’ reaction to psychological problems of the mother during pregnancy. In a new IZA Discussion Paper, Sandra … Continue reading

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Getting stuck in the blues – on the persistence of depression and anxiety

With 10% of the population in the Western world affected, depression and anxiety are two major health disorders. While the social and economic costs of mental health problems, e.g. less successful labor market careers and high health care costs, are … Continue reading

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How being a victim of school bullying affects your labor market career

Do victims of bullying at school still suffer later in their working lives? A new IZA Discussion Paper by Nick Drydakis answers this question by examining the long-term correlations between bullying in school and adult employment outcomes. Bullying experiences might … Continue reading

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