Links Between Depression and Poverty in India

Thursday, February 2, 2023
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Via Zoom Webinar

  • Daniel Bennett
AHPP flyer for Feb 2, 2023 webinar with portrait of speaker Daniel Bennett

Co-sponsored by Peking University Institute for Global Health and Development, and the Asia Health Policy Program

Depression is the most common mental disorder and is more prevalent among people who live in poverty. Emerging economic literature studies the ways that depression may affect economic decision-making and contribute to intergenerational poverty. Dr. Bennett will describe recent developments in the literature and discuss his recent study of the socioeconomic impacts of depression treatment among underpriviledged adults in Karnataka, India.

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Daniel Bennett is an economist at the Center for Economic and Social Research and the Department of Economics at the University of Southern California. He studies economic development and global health in Africa and South Asia. Recent work examines the relationship between poverty and poor mental health, as well as the indirect consequences of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. Other work considers sanitation and hygiene behavior and the organization of pharmaceutical markets. Dr. Bennett collects primary data and uses both experimental and quasi-experimental methods. He received his Ph.D. in 2008 from Brown University.