Associate Professor Renuka Mahadevan
Menzies Health Institute Queensland Program Seminar Series
EPIC Health Systems, Centre for Applied Health Economics (CAHE)
Associate Professor Renuka Mahadevan - Title: Income Inequality, Community Infrastructure and Individual Stressors: Effect on Mental Health of Middle Aged and Older Adults in China
This paper considers the impact of variables at three different levels - city, community and individual - on the older adults' mental health in China. Evidence shows that community factors such as infrastructure and elderly centres are critical to improve mental health but the effect of city-level factors such as lowering income inequality and improving public health investment is different for the segments of poor and non-poor as well as the rural and urban residents. This highlights the need to consider targeted policy mix options to avoid resource misallocation. Lastly, Chinese females' mental health has worsened over time with ageing, particularly those who drink alcohol or are less educated are prone to depression prompting the need for specialist women health centres.
Renuka Mahadevan's areas of multidisciplinary interest and expertise include development and agricultural economics, international trade and environment, the digital economy, tourism economics, and more recently, health and wellbeing issues related to seniors. Techniques that she applies span both macroeconomic and microeconometric modelling. She has authored/co-authored five books in addition to more than 90 journal articles. She has also provided consultancy services to the Asian Productivity Organisation, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, International Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, African Economic Research Consortium and the World Bank. She has extensive research experience in many of the countries in the Asia Pacific region, working with non-government organisations and public sector agencies.
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