After an accident at his workplace, Bhoomi, a 26-year-old from rural Tamil Nadu, India, lost interest in work and isolated himself from everyone. His neighbors were at a loss to understand the…

Varalakshmi Vemuru, Samhita Kumar |

Devotees at the Erwadi Dargah in Tamil Nadu, India. (Photo: DMPH Erwadi) Last month I blogged about how mental illness is curable, treatable, and preventable. Today, let me take you to a town in…

Varalakshmi Vemuru |

On World Mental Health Day, here’s a fact to reflect on: [[tweetable]]people with mental illness are among the socially excluded and marginalized groups in society. [[/tweetable]]They are often…

Varalakshmi Vemuru |

I am pleased to announce the release of the 2014 Global Findex microdata, which includes individual-level responses from almost 150, 000 adults around the world. You can download it all here.…

Asli Demirgüç-Kunt |

The post orginally appeared on All About Finance. The facts are in. 50 percent of adults worldwide have an account at a formal financial institution. 21 percent of women save using a formal…

Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, Leora Klapper |

If economists view mental health as one component of human capital, as we typically view physical health, then it’s a natural step to the corollary view that good mental health leads to…

Jed Friedman |