S-Space College of Social Sciences (사회과학대학) Institute of Economics Research (경제연구소) Seoul Journal of Economics Seoul Journal of Economics vol.30 no.1~4 (2017)
Long-run Mental Health Impact of the Korean War
- Kim, Young-Il Albert
- Issue Date
- Seoul Journal of Economics, Vol.30 No.4, pp. 431-453
- In this study, we investigate whether exposure to a major civil war has a long-run impact on the mental health of individuals who experienced the war in late childhood. We use difference-in-differences strategy and exploit geographic variations in the intensity of the Korean War using Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging. War exposure in late childhood to early teenage years has a long-run negative impact on variables related to mental health, including depression, fear, insomnia, and loneliness. The effect is exacerbated by poverty and household structure for two outcome variables: fear and loneliness.