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Mental health and the response to financial incentives: evidence from a survey incentives experiment

Kung, Claryn S. J., Johnston, David W. and Shields, Michael A. (2018) Mental health and the response to financial incentives: evidence from a survey incentives experiment. Journal of Health Economics, 62. pp. 84-94. ISSN 0167-6296

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2018.09.008

Abstract

Although mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression are common, there is little research on whether individuals in poor mental health react differently from others to financial incentives. This paper exploits an experiment from the UK Understanding Society Innovation Panel to assess how the participation response to randomly-assigned financial incentives differs by mental health status. We find that individuals in good mental health are more likely to respond when offered a higher financial incentive, whereas those in poor mental health are indifferent to the increased incentive. We find no comparable differences for physical health.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-healt...
Additional Information: © 2018 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
JEL classification: C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C9 - Design of Experiments > C93 - Field Experiments
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I10 - General
Sets: Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2018 14:59
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 06:54
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/90395

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