Day-to-Day Living Expenses and Mental Health

Research output: Working paper


We use rich longitudinal survey and register data on Swedish individuals to examine the relationship between financial strain and mental health. Specifically, we consider the longitudinal relationships between payment difficulties and subjective (self-reported anxiety) as well as objective (psychiatric drug use) measures of mental ill-health. Among previously healthy individuals, payment difficulty experiences are strongly associated with self-reported mental ill-health. The association with later psychiatric drug use is weaker and differs by gender. Psychiatric drug users are on the other hand at high risk of later experiencing payment difficulties. This indicates that policy measures regarding the payment difficulties–health nexus ought to prioritize activities improving mental health.


External organisations
  • Research Institute of Industrial Economics
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Economics
  • Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy


  • financial strain, mental health, stress, I12, I30, I31
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLund
PublisherDepartment of Economics, Lund University
Number of pages36
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Aug
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameWorking Papers
Publisher Department of Economics, Lund University