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Metcalfe, R., Powdthavee, N., Dolan, P. (2011). Using a Quasi-Experiment to Show the Effects of the September 11 Attacks on Mental Well-Being. The Economic Journal 121: F81–F103.

Using a longitudinal household panel dataset in the UK, where a significant proportion of the interviews are conducted in September each year, we are able to show that the attacks of September 11 resulted in lower levels of subjective well-being for those interviewed after that date in 2001 compared with those interviewed before it. This quasi-experiment provides one of the first examples of the impact of a terrorist attack in one country on well-being in another country.

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