Virtual Economics of Mental Health Seminar Series (AHES Economics of Mental Health SIG)


This will be held every first Thursday of the month from 12-1 pm Melbourne/Sydney time.

The inaugural seminar will be presented by Prof Stefanie Schurer, University of Sydney  (twitter handle @StefanieSchurer)


Title: What explains Aboriginal Youth Wellbeing? Evidence from Northern Territory linked administrative data on Generation Z

Abstract: This paper uses linked administrative data from the Northern Territory CYDRP study to identify the factors that shape Aboriginal youth wellbeing. We focus on a sub-sample of the full Aboriginal youth population born in the Northern Territory between 2000 and 2006 (Gen Z) who have siblings, who can be located geographically, and who have measurable wellbeing outcomes defined in the broadest sense (N=5,006). We estimate the added value of community factors, fixed family factors and individual-specific early childhood factors in explaining inequality in youth wellbeing. We explore the sensitivity of our results with respect to the construction of the youth wellbeing index and the estimation sample. We conclude that fixed family factors – factors that sibling share – are economically and statistically significantly stronger predictors of variations in youth wellbeing than fixed community and individual-specific early childhood factors. This suggests that interventions to support youth wellbeing may be more beneficial if target directly at vulnerable families rather than if targeted at whole communities such as the Northern Territory Emergency Response.

Date: Thursday, 7 March 2024

Time: 12 – 1 pm (AEDT=Sydney/Melbourne/Canberra)

Where: Online via Zoom


The seminar series is open to all, and anyone interested in attending can sign up using this Google Form. AHES Economics of Mental Health SIG - Seminar Series (

For any questions or suggestions about the seminar series, please feel free to reach out to Danusha Jayawardana ( or Elcin Tuzel (