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Lockdowns widen the gender gap in mental health
Abigail Adams-Prassl, Teodora Boneva, Marta Golin and Christopher Rauh
April 2021
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Tags: covid-19; wages; equality; mental health; employment; childcare

Women, the young, and the less educated have borne the brunt of the economic damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns in terms of job and earnings losses. As this column reports, women have also suffered far more from social distancing measures than men in terms of their mental health. Evidence from the Spring 2020 'stay-at-home' orders in US states indicates that this widening gender gap in mental health cannot be explained by respondents earning less than usual, working less than usual, losing their job, struggling to pay their bills, or changing their work patterns or number of hours spent on childcare.