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Socio‐Economic Studies On Suicide: A Survey

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  • Joe Chen
  • Yun Jeong Choi
  • Kohta Mori
  • Yasuyuki Sawada
  • Saki Sugano

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In this article, we review economic theories and empirical studies on the socioeconomic aspects of suicide. Through our survey, we would like to emphasize the importance of studying suicide by employing a "rational" approach that complements the medical perspective on suicide, which assumes suicide to be the result of "irrational" behavior arising from mental illnesses such as depression and other psychiatric disorders. We first introduce major economic theories of suicide, followed by a summary of a variety of empirical studies from the socioeconomic perspective. We then discuss the recent developments in economic studies on suicide, on the basis of the authors' ongoing project on suicide. In the concluding section, we point out some issues for further studies.

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Volume (Year): 26 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (04)
Pages: 271-306

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  1. Benno Torgler & Christoph A. Schaltegger, 2012. "Suicide and Religion: New Evidence on The Differences Between Protestantism and Catholicism," CREMA Working Paper Series 2012-12, Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts (CREMA).
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  3. Saki Sugano & Yusuke Matsuki, 2014. "Poisson analysis of suicide in Japan using municipal data," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 21(11), pages 723-726, July.
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  7. Jan C.van Ours, Jenny Williams, David Fergusson, L. John Horwood, 2012. "Cannabis use and suicidal ideation," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 1155, The University of Melbourne.

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