IZA Discussion Paper No. 14665

Have Girls Been Left behind during the COVID-19 Pandemic? Gender Differences in Pandemic Effects on Children’s Mental Wellbeing

Using data from the UK, we show that girls have been affected more than boys by the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of their mental wellbeing. These gender differences are more pronounced in lower-income families. Our results are consistent with previous findings of larger pandemic effects on mental health of women.

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