Effects of maternal depression on social interactions

Hope Corman, Kelly Noonan, Nancy E. Reichman

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We estimate the effects of a shock in mental health-postpartum depression-on the mother's social interactions 1-3 years after her child's birth. We address the potential endogeneity of depression by establishing the temporal ordering of events, incorporating rich control variables, conducting falsification tests, and estimating two-stage models. We find no evidence that postpartum depression affects social interactions-as characterized by participation in various types of community organizations and regular religious attendance-during the child's third year of life, although it may cause a short-lived decline in social interactions in the first year.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)226-248
Number of pages23
JournalEastern Economic Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics


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