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Project Citation: 

Altindag, Onur, Erten, Bilge, and Keskin, Pinar. Data and Code for: Mental Health Costs of Lockdowns: Evidence from Age-specific Curfews in Turkey. Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2022. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2022-03-21.

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary Using a strict, age-specific lockdown order for adults aged 65 and older in Turkey, we examine the mental health consequences of an extended period of tight mobility restrictions on senior adults. Adopting a regression discontinuity design, we find that the curfew-induced decline in mobility substantially worsened mental health outcomes, including somatic and nonsomatic symptoms of mental distress (approximately 0.2 standard deviation). Exploring potential channels, we document an increase in social and physical isolation, with no evidence of robust changes in labor market outcomes or intrahousehold conflict for this subpopulation.

Funding Sources:  View help for Funding Sources Northeastern University CSSH COVID-19 Research and Engagement Development Initiative

Scope of Project

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      I18 Health: Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
      I31 General Welfare; Well-Being
      O15 Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
Geographic Coverage:  View help for Geographic Coverage Turkey
Time Period(s):  View help for Time Period(s) 5/2020 – 7/2020
Data Type(s):  View help for Data Type(s) survey data


Collection Mode(s):  View help for Collection Mode(s) telephone interview

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