Date of Graduation

Spring 5-19-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in International and Development Economics


College of Arts and Sciences



First Advisor

Alessandra Cassar


Mental health provides different areas of interest compared to physical health when looking at general health. Social support decreases the negative impacts of burnout while positively influencing productive components of the economy. Social sciences other than economics such as sociology and psychology take notice of the impact of social support on burnout. Pronto Soccorso e Medicina d’ Urgenza Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria in Parma, Italy provides high quality health care services before and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic while anticipating continuing to administer care well into the future. Here we show social support effecting workers in the health care industry. Work colleagues influencing burnout continues to match mainstream literature. Creating incentive structures to manage and oversee relationships to minimize burnout promotes development. Generating novel ways to measure social support expands the way economists implement and interpret policy addressing burnout, anxiety, and depression. As many health related lessons are learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on burnout reveals the equilibrium between work and other areas of life. Neighbors contribute more significant effects to ameliorating burnout and anxiety while other variables of interest such as receiving support from a partner contribute more to ameliorating depression. Colleague support at work reducing burnout, anxiety, and depression contributes to noncognitive and cognitive development which provides hope for better outcomes. Encouraging specialization while incorporating work life balance places a spotlight on the delicate equilibrium for economic growth, price stability, and maximum employment.