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Economic Aspects of Loneliness in Australia

Claryn S. J. Kung, Johannes Kunz () and Michael Shields

Australian Economic Review, 2021, vol. 54, issue 1, 147-163

Abstract: We highlight the problem of loneliness, and argue that it is not only a public health issue but also an economic problem. We provide a brief review of findings from the key literature on the associations between loneliness, mental and physical health, and healthcare costs; and then present some evidence on its trends, the extent of socioeconomic inequalities and its links with health and healthcare usage, in Australia. We hope to encourage further economics research on loneliness, and related issues of social isolation and poor social support, to aid the design of policies and interventions to reduce loneliness.

Date: 2021
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