While gender has so often been found to be an important determinant of prevalence and outcomes of mental illness, economists have rarely focused on gender differences as a central element of their analyses. In this volume, we direct the focus of research in the economics of mental health squarely on the topic of gender. Each paper in this volume provides insight into the ways in which women and men are afflicted and affected by mental illness in the labor market. This volume will provide the reader with a richer understanding of prevalence of mental disorders, the educational, employment and earnings impacts of psychiatric disease, and prospects for treating and providing access to health care for the mentally ill.
1. Introduction (D.E. Marcotte, V. Wilcox-Gok). 2. Gender differences in mental disorders in the U.S National Comorbidity Survey (R.C. Kessler). 3. Early onset depression and high school dropout (V. Wilcox-Gok, D.E. Marcotte, F. Farahati, C. Borkoski). 4. Gender differences in the labor market effects of serious mental illness (P.K. Alexandre, J.Y. Fede, M. Mullings). 5. Mental illness and labour market outcomes: employment and earnings (N. Westergaard-Nielsen, E. Agerbo, T. Eriksson, P.B. Mortensen). 6. Mental health and employment transitions (C.R. Gresenz, R. Sturm). 7. Gender-specific patterns of employment and employment transitions for persons with schizophrenia: Evidence from the Schizophrenia Care and Assessment Program (D. Salkever, E. Slade, M. Karakus). 8. The role of gender in a company-wide effort to expand and destigmatize mental health treatment (A.T. Lo Sasso, R.C. Lindrooth, I.Z. Lurie). 9. Getting men and women workers who are receiving depression-related short-term disability benefits back to work: Where do we begin? (C.S. Dewa, J.S. Hoch, P. Goering). 10. Insurance status of depressed low-income women (A. Roberts).