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Covid-19 and Subjective Well-Being

Data shows clear negative impact on mental health from #COVID-19 pandemic, but lockdown measures are mostly associated with improvements in subjective well-being.

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This research using YouGov weekly mood surveys and weekly cross-country data from Google Trends to track well-being in the British population before and during #COVID-19 is among the first to distinguish the effects of the pandemic from the effects of the lockdown on the well-being in Britain.  The data shows the clear negative impact on mental health from the COVID-19 pandemic, but lockdown measures are mostly associated with improvements in subjective well-being.

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  • About the author

    Dr Mark Fabian, Research Associate

    Mark is a welfare economist working on the Measuring Well-Being project at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy. His research focuses on the epistemology and ethics of well-being metrics, especially how policymakers and citizens understand well-being, its measurement, and the legitimacy of well-being policy interventions.    Learn more

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    Sam Gilbert, Affiliated Researcher

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    Sam Gilbert
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    Dr Roberto Foa, University of Cambridge, Department of Politics and International Studies, Lecturer in politics and public policy

    Roberto Stefan Foa is a University Lecturer in politics and public policy at POLIS. He obtained his BA from the University of Oxford and PhD from Harvard University. He is currently a Principal Investigator for the seventh round of the World Values Survey in Indonesia ...   Learn more