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Testing the "Natural Rate of Suicide" Hypothesis

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  • Matti Virén
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    This paper analyses the economic determinants of suicide. More specifically, we test the hypothesis that suicide is related to shocks or news concerning income growth. Testing is based on an error correction model of suicide in which the long-run part takes into account various demographic and structural variables. Empirical analysis is based on Finnish time series data covering the period 1878 - 1994. Some cross-country data are also used. The empirical results strongly support the "natural rate" hypothesis.

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    Paper provided by Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT) in its series Discussion Papers with number 185.

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    Date of creation: 01 Jan 1998
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    Handle: RePEc:fer:dpaper:185

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    Keywords: Suicide; cyclical movements; economic behaviour;

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    1. Kremers, Jeroen J M & Ericsson, Neil R & Dolado, Juan J, 1992. "The Power of Cointegration Tests," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 54(3), pages 325-48, August.
    2. Campbell, John Y, 1987. "Does Saving Anticipate Declining Labor Income? An Alternative Test of the Permanent Income Hypothesis," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 55(6), pages 1249-73, November.
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