Economics of Mental Health
Mental health is one of the major challenges facing Australia, but one which has so far been neglected by economists. In this session we would like to move beyond existing studies of the impact of mental health problems on the economy to consider incentive structures for participants in the mental health system, and how they can be improved. Well informed investments in improving incentives may have a bigger payoff for those who struggle with mental illness than investments in new medical facilities.
Chair Professor Paul Oslington, Alphacrucis College, Sydney. Introduction
Keynote Professor Allan Fels, Mental Health Commission and University of Melbourne
Respondent Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark, University of Sydney
Respondent Dr Jeremy Sammut, Centre for Independent Studies
Respondent Frank Quinlan, Mental Health Australia
Respondent Professor Richard Freeman, Harvard University