Can a Women's Rural Livelihood Program Improve Mental Health? Evidence from India

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Title:
Can a Women's Rural Livelihood Program Improve Mental Health? Evidence from India
Author:
Kumar, Ashutosh
Issue Date:
2016
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
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Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
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Release after 31-May-2018
Abstract:
There is a significant amount of literature documenting empirical linkages between socioeconomic status and mental health of individuals. While economic studies have found beneficial impacts of anti-poverty programs (e.g., micro-credit programs) on mental and emotional health, non-economic studies have documented the powerful roles of social capital in determining mental and emotional health. In this thesis, we study the impact of a large community-driven development (CDD) women's empowerment program, Jeevika, on mental health. JEEViKA is a rural livelihood program in Bihar, India, which promotes women's livelihood through a network of women's self-help group (SHG). Using data on a sample of 2300 SHG women from matched pairs of 66 high-exposure and low-exposure Jeevika villages, we estimate the causal impact of Jeevika on mental health. The results suggest that mental health improves with increasing age and among socially backward communities in high exposure JEEViKA villages. However, overall both the individual and village level analysis demonstrates no significant impact of JEEViKA on the mental health.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
Depression; Mental health; Microfinance; Poverty; Well-being; Agricultural & Resource Economics; Community driven development program
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Agricultural & Resource Economics
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Rahman, Tauhidur

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.titleCan a Women's Rural Livelihood Program Improve Mental Health? Evidence from Indiaen_US
dc.creatorKumar, Ashutoshen
dc.contributor.authorKumar, Ashutoshen
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en
dc.description.releaseRelease after 31-May-2018en
dc.description.abstractThere is a significant amount of literature documenting empirical linkages between socioeconomic status and mental health of individuals. While economic studies have found beneficial impacts of anti-poverty programs (e.g., micro-credit programs) on mental and emotional health, non-economic studies have documented the powerful roles of social capital in determining mental and emotional health. In this thesis, we study the impact of a large community-driven development (CDD) women's empowerment program, Jeevika, on mental health. JEEViKA is a rural livelihood program in Bihar, India, which promotes women's livelihood through a network of women's self-help group (SHG). Using data on a sample of 2300 SHG women from matched pairs of 66 high-exposure and low-exposure Jeevika villages, we estimate the causal impact of Jeevika on mental health. The results suggest that mental health improves with increasing age and among socially backward communities in high exposure JEEViKA villages. However, overall both the individual and village level analysis demonstrates no significant impact of JEEViKA on the mental health.en
dc.typetexten
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen
dc.subjectDepressionen
dc.subjectMental healthen
dc.subjectMicrofinanceen
dc.subjectPovertyen
dc.subjectWell-beingen
dc.subjectAgricultural & Resource Economicsen
dc.subjectCommunity driven development programen
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen
thesis.degree.disciplineAgricultural & Resource Economicsen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
dc.contributor.advisorRahman, Tauhiduren
dc.contributor.committeememberAradhyula, Satheeshen
dc.contributor.committeememberTronstad, Russen
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