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The impact of depression on household consumption under the current health insurance system

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DOI: 10.23977/edms2021.022


Chunhui Chen, Caixia Zhou

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Chunhui Chen


Using data from the China Family Panel Studies (CFPS) 2018, this paper examines the impact of depression on household consumption and explores whether the health insurance system can smooth out household consumption fluctuations due to depression. The findings show that depression leads to a significant increase in households' medical expenditures and a significant decrease in food, clothing, household goods, transportation and communication expenditures, but total expenditures remain almost unchanged; the current health insurance system is unable to smooth out the above consumption fluctuations.


Depression, household consumption, health insurance

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