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Longitudinal Study: HILDA
Title: Out of sight but not out of mind: Home countries’ macroeconomic volatilities and immigrants’ mental health
Authors: Nguyen, Ha Trong 
Connelly, Luke 
Publication Date: Jan-2018
Pages: 189-208
Keywords: Exchange rate
mental health
Abstract: We provide the first empirical evidence that better economic performances by immigrants' countries of origin, as measured by lower consumer price index (CPI) or higher gross domestic product, improve immigrants' mental health. We use an econometrically‐robust approach that exploits exogenous changes in macroeconomic conditions across immigrants' home countries over time and controls for immigrants' observable and unobservable characteristics. The CPI effect is statistically significant and sizeable. Furthermore, the CPI effect diminishes as the time since emigrating increases. By contrast, home countries' unemployment rates and exchange rate fluctuations have no impact on immigrants' mental health.
DOI: 10.1002/hec.3532
Keywords: Finance; Culture -- Immigrants; Health -- Mental
Research collection: Journal Articles
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