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The happiness - suicide paradox

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  • Mary C. Daly
  • Andrew J. Oswald
  • Daniel Wilson
  • Stephen Wu

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Suicide is an important scientific phenomenon. Yet its causes remain poorly understood. This study documents a paradox: the happiest places have the highest suicide rates. The study combines findings from two large and rich individual-level data sets—one on life satisfaction and another on suicide deaths—to establish the paradox in a consistent way across U.S. states. It replicates the finding in data on Western industrialized nations and checks that the paradox is not an artifact of population composition or confounding factors. The study concludes with the conjecture that people may find it particularly painful to be unhappy in a happy place, so that the decision to commit suicide is influenced by relative comparisons.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in its series Working Paper Series with number 2010-30.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedfwp:2010-30

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Keywords: Happiness ; Suicide;

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  1. Blanchflower, David G. & Oswald, Andrew J., 2008. "Hypertension and happiness across nations," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 27(2), pages 218-233, March.
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  1. Suicide in happy places
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2010-12-24 15:04:00
  2. The Happinessâ??Suicide Paradox
    by Ariel Goldring in Free Market Mojo on 2010-11-28 12:00:21

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