Mental Health Costs of Lockdowns: Evidence from Age-specific Curfews in Turkey
- American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (Forthcoming)
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.
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