The impact of the coronavirus lockdown on mental health: evidence from the United States

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Adams-Prassl, A 
Boneva, T 
Golin, M 
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jats:titleAbstract</jats:title> jats:pThe coronavirus outbreak has caused significant disruptions to people’s lives. We exploit variation in lockdown measures across states to document the impact of stay-at-home orders on mental health using real-time survey data in the United States. We find that the lockdown measures lowered mental health by 0.083 standard deviations. This large negative effect is entirely driven by women. As a result of the lockdown measures, the existing gender gap in mental health has increased by 61%. The negative effect on women’s mental health cannot be explained by an increase in financial worries or caring responsibilities.</jats:p>

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38 Economics, 3801 Applied Economics, 3802 Econometrics, 3803 Economic Theory, Behavioral and Social Science, Mental Health, Mental health, 3 Good Health and Well Being
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Economic Policy
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0266-4658
1468-0327
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Oxford University Press (OUP)

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