Program 1: People
- Mental Health
- Working Paper
The causal impact of mental health on tobacco and alcohol consumption: An instrumental variables approach
Ha Nguyen joined the Telethon Kids Institute as a Senior Research Fellow in 2018. He received his PhD in economics from the Australian National University and has previously held academic and teaching appointments at the Australian National University, University of Queensland, University of New South Wales and Curtin University. He has published widely in both academic and policy outlets, with articles appearing in high-ranking economics journals, including Journal of International Economics, Health Economics, American Journal of Health Economics, Social Science & Medicine, Labour Economics, IZA Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Development Studies and the Economic Record. The results of his research have been featured in numerous national and international media outlets. Ha has been awarded The Pacific Trade and Development Fellowship, one of the most distinguished fellowships available to young researchers in the field of trade and development. He also received the Curtin Faculty of Business and Law’s 2017 Article of the Year Award and Curtin Business School’s 2015 Article of the Year Award. He has collaborated on a number of research projects funded through grants awarded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and the Federal Department of Health.
His general research interests have focused on applied econometrics, particularly in the fields of health economics and labour economics. His particular research interests and expertise cover a broad range of topics, including economic and social policy evaluation, intergenerational transmission in health and human capital, child development, mental health and wellbeing, the economics of informal care, health insurance, health care use, employment and labour market participation, population ageing, and the impact of macroeconomics (including exchange rates) and climate changes on individual behaviours.
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