Virtual Workshop on the Economics of Mental Health

March 3, 2021, 3:00pm-7:00pm CET (9:00am-1:00pm EST)

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Across the world, 20% of the population suffers from mental illness. Yet, the causes and consequences of mental health disorders and their relation to economic policies and outcomes are still poorly understood. The aim of this virtual workshop is therefore to bring together international researchers – in particular junior researchers – working on the intersection of mental health and economics.


3:00-3:05pm    Welcome

3:05-4:05pm    Session 1

Abu Siddique (Technical University of Munich)
Forced displacement, mental health, and child development: Evidence from the Rohingya refugees

Joel McGuire (Happier Lives Institute)
The impact of cash transfers on subjective wellbeing and mental health in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis

4:05-5:00pm    Keynote

Manuela Angelucci (University of Texas, Austin)

5:00-5:30pm    Break

5:30-7:00pm    Session 2

Marta Golin (University of Oxford)
The Effect of Broadband Internet on the Gender Gap in Mental Health: Evidence from Germany

Christopher Kronenberg (University of Duisburg-Essen)
New(spaper) Evidence of a reduction in suicide mentions during the 19th century US gold rush

Kelli Marquardt (University of Arizona)
Mis(sed) Diagnosis: Physician Decision Making and ADHD

7:00pm   Closing remarks and gathering


Each speaker in the invited sessions has 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for general discussion. The workshop is open for anybody who is interested. If you have any questions, please contact Lukas Kiessling (


Organizers: Johannes Haushofer (Stockholm University), Lukas Kiessling (MPI), Shambhavi Priyam (MPI), Matthias Sutter (MPI, University of Cologne, University of Innsbruck)


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