The Centre for Health Economics at Monash Business School invites you to a research webinar on 'Lifestyle and mental health disruptions during COVID-19' presented by Dr Osea Giuntella from the University of Pittsburgh.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected daily life in unprecedented ways. We examine lifestyle and well-being disruptions at the onset of the pandemic using a longitudinal dataset that links biometric and survey data collected from several cohorts of young adults before and during the pandemic. First, we document large disruptions to physical activity, sleep and time use, as well as dramatic declines in mental health. Second, we find that risk factors for depression during the pandemic differ substantially from pre-pandemic cohorts, in both direction and size. Finally, our analyses suggest that while disruption to physical activity is a leading predictor of depression during the pandemic, the restoration of those habits – either naturally or through policy intervention – has a limited impact on restoring well-being.
Dr Osea Giuntella's main research interests are in health, labor, and demographic economics. Recently his studies have focused on three main areas:
Giuntella's research has been funded by the JPAL - North America, Roybal, John Fell Fund, the European Commission, and the European Research Council. He has taught courses in Empirical Methods, Machine Learning, Labor Economics, Health Economics, Economics for Public Policy and Development Economics at the Boston University, the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics, and the University of Pittsburgh.
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