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Home | Events Archive | The Long-Run Effects of Psychotherapy on Depression, Beliefs, and Economic Outcomes
Seminar

The Long-Run Effects of Psychotherapy on Depression, Beliefs, and Economic Outcomes


  • Series
    Health Economics Seminars
  • Speaker(s)
    Frank Schilbach (MIT, United States)
  • Field
    Empirical Microeconomics
  • Location
    Erasmus University Rotterdam, Polak 3-18 and Zoom
    Rotterdam
  • Date and time

    June 02, 2022
    12:00 - 13:00

Abstract
We revisit two clinical trials that randomized depressed adults in India (n=775) to a brief course of psychotherapy or a control condition. Four to five years later, the treatment group was 11 percentage points less likely to be depressed than the control group. The more effective intervention averted 9 months of depression on average over five years and cost only $66 per recipient. Therapy changed people’s beliefs about themselves in three ways. First, it reduced their likelihood of seeing themselves as a failure or feeling bad about themselves. Second, when faced with a novel work opportunity, therapy reduced over-optimistic belief updating in response to feedback and thus reduced overconfidence. Third, it increased self-assessed levels of patience and altruism. Therapy did not increase levels of employment or consumption, possibly because of other constraints on employment in the largely female study sample.

This event will take place in hybrid form.

If you want to receive the zoom details of this seminar, please email organizer Carlos Riumallo Herl in due time of the seminar.