Gender differences in mental well-being : a decomposition analysis

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dc.contributor.author Madden, David (David Patrick)
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-06T15:18:06Z
dc.date.available 2009-01-06T15:18:06Z
dc.date.copyright UCD Centre for Economic Research 2008 en
dc.date.issued 2008-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/765
dc.description.abstract The General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) is frequently used as a measure of mental well-being. A consistent pattern across countries is that women report lower levels of mental well-being, as measured by the GHQ. This paper applies decomposition techniques to Irish data for 1994 and 2000 to examine the factors lying behind the gender differences in GHQ score. For 1994 most of the difference is accounted for by characteristics while in 2000 most of the difference arises from returns to characteristics. The issue of path dependence, or choice of reference group, is shown to be important, mostly arising from the differing effect of principal economic status on men and women. en
dc.description.sponsorship Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences en
dc.format.extent 631576 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Dublin. School of Economics en
dc.relation.ispartofseries UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Papers en
dc.relation.ispartofseries WP08/03 en
dc.subject GHQ en
dc.subject Decomposition en
dc.subject Path dependence en
dc.subject.lcsh Mental health--Sex differences en
dc.subject.lcsh Mental health--Statistical methods en
dc.subject.lcsh Decomposition (Mathematics) en
dc.title Gender differences in mental well-being : a decomposition analysis en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.internal.authorurl David (David Patrick) Madden (web page) en
dc.internal.authorurl http://www.ucd.ie/research/people/economics/professordavidmadden/ en
dc.internal.authorid UCD0014 en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions Publisher's version en
dc.internal.webversions http://www.ucd.ie/economics/research/papers/2008/WP08.03.pdf en
dc.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.neeo.contributor Madden|David (David Patrick)|aut|UCD0014


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