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Paudel publishes research on mental health effects of COVID-19

Jayash Paudel, portrait by Priscilla Grover

Jayash Paudel, an assistant professor in the Department of Economics recently published research in Social Science & Medicine about the effects of COVID-19 on mental health. In this research, Paudel used a large-scale survey of over 100,000 individuals across the globe to find that (a) females bear a much larger mental health burden than males during the pandemic, and (b) anxiety among individuals staying at home increases with household size.

The research publication can be viewed on the Science Direct website.

Results from this research quantify the magnitude of mental health damages associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Empirical estimates from this study can be used to determine which regions to target, and identify timely and cost-effective policies for improved mental health services.