Date of Graduation

Fall 12-17-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in International and Development Economics (MSIDEC)


College of Arts and Sciences



First Advisor

Alessandra Cassar


In this study, I examine the relationship between burnout and social support among healthcare workers in Italy. Burnout has been a serious concern among professions who must work closely and help other individuals. Due to the epidemic of the Covid-19 Pandemic, it has especially been a challenge for healthcare workers in the past few years. A validated Italian version of the MBI scale is conducted from 332 healthcare workers. Burnout scale is measured by its three subscales: emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and personal accomplishment. Social support is analyzed from the questionnaires regarding partners or spouses, family, friends, and colleagues. Multiple regression analysis shows social support is correlated to less emotional exhaustion and depersonalization and higher personal accomplishment. Regression discontinuity design is used to observe the causality between burnout subscales and social support instruments of partners and coworkers. Although the study finds social support is associated to less burnout among the participated Italian healthcare workers, the regression discontinuity design indicates there is no significant causal effect of burnout subscales on social support instruments.