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Celebrity, Media, And Suicide

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  • Yun Jeong Choi

    (School of Economics Yonsei University)

  • Hyungha Oh

    (Korea Development Institute)

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    There is ample evidence that celebrity suicides may induce copycat suicides, with media coverage playing a critical role in mediating this relationship. This paper builds an economic model to explain this putative link based on the identity theory of Akerlof and Kranton (2000). The empirical analysis, using a Poisson regression model, demonstrates that Korean celebrity suicides, as well as media exposure to suicide stories, significantly increase suicide rates, especially for females and younger age groups. These findings provide some policy implications for media guidelines and their implementation in preventing suicides.

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    Paper provided by Yonsei University, Yonsei Economics Research Institute in its series Working papers with number 2013rwp-56.

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    Length: 33pages
    Date of creation: Mar 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:yon:wpaper:2013rwp-56

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    1. George A. Akerlof & Rachel E. Kranton, 2000. "Economics And Identity," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 115(3), pages 715-753, August.
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