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I am a Research Economist at the Centre for Economic Performance of the London School of Economics and a Research Associate at the Wellbeing Research Centre at the University of Oxford.

I work on topics that contribute to creating a happier and better-functioning society. My expertise lies in applied microeconomics, economics of health and wellbeing, applied econometrics, and machine learning.  


You can find my CV here and contact me at e.oparina@lse.ac.uk

Join our weekly LSE Wellbeing seminar on Thursdays 4 pm – 5 pm (London time)

New Working Paper (Feb 24)

Talking Therapy: Impacts of a Nationwide Mental Health Service in England  (joint with C. Krekel and with S. Srisuma)

Abstract: Common mental health problems impose significant costs on individuals and societies, yet healthcare systems often overlook them. We provide the first causal evidence on the effectiveness of a pioneering, nationwide mental health service for treating depression and anxiety disorders in England using non-experimental data and methods. We exploit variations in waiting times to identify treatment effects, based on a novel dataset of over one million patients that well represent the English population. Our findings show improved mental health and reduced impairment in work and social life. We also provide suggestive evidence of enhanced employment. However, effects vary across patients, services, and areas. The programme is cost-effective and provides a blueprint for treating mental health in other countries.

Credits to: Myung Jin, Public Affairs & Communications Assistant at the CEP, and Barbra Okafor, Podcast & Video Producer at the LSE, who directed and produced this video.

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