Antidepressants and age
Oswald, Andrew J. and Blanchflower, David G. (2011) Antidepressants and age. Discussion Paper. Bonn, Germany: Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). (IZA Discussion Papers. (Unpublished)Full text not available from this repository.
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Antidepressants as a commodity have been remarkably little-studied by economists. This study shows in new data for 27 European countries that 8% of people (and 10% of those middle-aged) take antidepressants each year. The probability of antidepressant use is greatest among those who are middle-aged, female, unemployed, poorly educated, and divorced or separated. A hill-shaped age pattern is found. The adjusted probability of using antidepressants reaches a peak – approximately doubling – in people’s late 40s. This finding is consistent with, and provides a new and independent form of corroboration of, recent claims in the research literature that human well-being follows a U-shape through life.
|Item Type:||Working or Discussion Paper (Discussion Paper)|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > R Medicine (General)|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics|
|Series Name:||IZA Discussion Papers|
|Publisher:||Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)|
|Place of Publication:||Bonn, Germany|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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