Mental health and duration on unemployment benefits for young Australians: Evidence from longitudinal administrative data

Crawford School of Public Policy
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Event details

PhD Seminar (Econ)

Date & time

Friday 22 May 2020


Online Seminar


Paul Amores


Ryan Edwards

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Drawing on Australian administrative income support data, we look at whether people with mental disorders have longer duration on unemployment benefits, and whether this relationship differs for 16-24 year olds and 25-54 year olds. We find that people with mental illness are less likely to exit from unemployment benefits, and more likely to transfer to Disability Support Pension. After controlling for observable characteristics, we find that the decrease in exits associated with mental illness is largest for 16-24 year olds. These results suggest that mental illness is associated with greater reliance on income support, and that these effects are larger for youth.

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