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A reexamination of "sociological and economic theories of suicide: A comparison of the U.S.A. and Taiwan"


  • Chuang, Hwei-Lin
  • Huang, Wei-Chiao


This paper is an update and reexamination of Yang et al. [Yang B., Lester D. and Yang C. Soc. Sci. Med. 34, 333, 1992]. Time-series analyses were carried out to explore the importance of sociological and economic determinants of suicide rates in the U.S. and in Taiwan for 1952-1992. Labor market related variables (unemployment and female labor force participation) were found to play similar roles in multiple regressions for both nations, while general economic and social conditions (GNP per capita and divorce) played a role only in the U.S. A comparison of standardized coefficients revealed that pure economic variables exerted greater influence over national suicide rates than sociological variables.

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  • Chuang, Hwei-Lin & Huang, Wei-Chiao, 1996. "A reexamination of "sociological and economic theories of suicide: A comparison of the U.S.A. and Taiwan"," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 43(3), pages 421-423, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:43:y:1996:i:3:p:421-423

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    1. Justin T. Denney & Tim Wadsworth & Richard G. Rogers & Fred C. Pampel, 2015. "Suicide in the City: Do Characteristics of Place Really Influence Risk?," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 96(2), pages 313-329, June.
    2. Charis E. Kubrin & Tim Wadsworth, 2009. "Explaining Suicide Among Blacks and Whites: How Socioeconomic Factors and Gun Availability Affect Race-Specific Suicide Rates," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 90(5), pages 1203-1227.
    3. Andrés, Antonio R. & Halicioglu, Ferda & Yamamura, Eiji, 2011. "Socio-economic determinants of suicide in Japan," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 40(6), pages 723-731.


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