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Bing Niu
''Effects of mental illness on the labor supply of family members: analysis of Japanese anonymized data''
( 2016, Vol. 36 No.1 )
The main aim of this study is to examine the causal effect of mental illness on the labor supply of family members. Our main purpose is to determine how family members address the burden and hardships that mental illness imposes on the patient and family. We analyze a unique Japanese anonymized data set collected from individual households. We find that, after matching, there is no significant difference in the means of the weekly work hours of family members between the treated and the untreated groups. In contrast to the US and the UK, in Japanese households we do not observe significant labor market effects of mental illness on family members. Our results might have been caused by different social situations and cultural norms across countries.
Keywords: mental illness (MI); labor supply of family members; propensity score matching (PSM); average treatment effect on the treated (ATT)
JEL: I1 - Health: General
D1 - Household Behavior: General
Manuscript Received : Oct 05 2015 Manuscript Accepted : Feb 04 2016

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