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Long-run Mental Health Impact of the Korean War

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Authors
Kim, Young-Il Albert
Issue Date
2017-10
Publisher
Institute of Economic Research, Seoul National University
Citation
Seoul Journal of Economics, Vol.30 No.4, pp. 431-453
Keywords
Korean WarMental healthSensitive ageTraumatic event
Abstract
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.
ISSN
1225-0279
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/138426
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College of Social Sciences (사회과학대학)Institute of Economics Research (경제연구소)Seoul Journal of EconomicsSeoul Journal of Economics vol.30 no.1~4 (2017)
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