Financial distress and use of mental health care: Evidence from antidepressant prescription claims

Haizhen Lin, Jonathan Ketcham, James N. Rosenquist, Kosali I. Simon

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Abstract

Using nationwide county-level longitudinal data, we show that recent declines in housing prices are associated with an increased utilization of antidepressant prescriptions among the near elderly. Our results persist in difference-in-difference models using either all non-antidepressant drugs or statins as controls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)449-453
Number of pages5
JournalEconomics Letters
Volume121
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013

Keywords

  • Financial distress
  • Housing crisis
  • Mental health
  • Prescription

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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