Essen Economics of Mental Health Workshop

The fourth Essen Economics of Mental Health Workshop is planned for July 19-20, 2021 with a virtual contingency option running a day longer from July 19-21, 2021.

We hope to be able to host you in Essen, but reserve the right to move the Essen Economics of Mental Health Workshop 2021 online. If the workshop is held online, the duration of the workshop will be extended by a day to accommodate as many time zones as possible.

If you wish to participate, please submit a full paper by 1st  of May 2021. For further details, please see the Flyer (you may also use this for further distribution) or consult the application page.

Half of those with a lifetime mental health problem first experience symptoms by the age of 14, and 75% before they reach their mid-twenties (Kessler et al., 2007). The conditions are often persistent and recurrent meaning they influence the entire work-life of the affected individuals (OECD, 2012).

This workshop aims to gather (junior) researchers with an interest in applying the tools of economics to problems surrounding mental health. This includes, but is not limited to, mental health economics studies looking at informal care, loneliness, social exclusion, access to health care, insurance coverage, declines in physical health, age of onset, dementia, suicide, etc. Empirical analyses in this field are especially encouraged for Submission. 

Frank Schilbach (MIT), Claire de Oliveira (University of York) and Scott Cunningham (Baylor University) will deliver the Keynotes for this Workshop.


The Workshop is organized by Christoph Kronenberg, Ph.D (CINCH, University Duisburg-Essen) in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Ansgar Wübker (LSCRRWI and Ruhr-University Bochum).

Die Durchführung der Veranstaltung wird durch Zuwendungen der Royal Statistical Society, der Royal Economic Society und des Fördervereins UDE e.V. ermöglicht.

This event was made possible with kind supports from the Royal Statistical Society, the  Royal Economic Society and the Förderverein UDE e.V..