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Analysis of the Socioeconomic Difficulties Affecting the Suicide Rate in Japan

  • Ryoichi Watanabe

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    (Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University)

  • Masakazu Furukawa

    (Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University)

  • Ryota Nakamura

    (Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University)

  • Yoshiaki Ogura

    (Hitotsubashi Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University)

This paper focuses on the drastic increase observed in the Japanese male suicide rate in the late 1990s and early 2000s and confirms unemployment and personal bankruptcy to be the associated socioeconomic factors behind the male suicide variation. Personal bankruptcy is also confirmed to be significant in the female suicide variation. The relationship is confirmed through a pooled data analysis by a middle-aged group and by prefecture. Further, the paper focused on the association between the unemployment rate and suicide mortality by incorporating the reasons for unemployment in the monthly regression. Next, we identified a significant association between male suicide variations and changes in some of the reasons for being unemployed. The interpretation of the results implies that the risk of unemployment among men has been mitigated by the unemployment insurance rather than the bias in the reasons reported and/or mental disorder in Japan.

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Paper provided by Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research in its series KIER Working Papers with number 626.

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Length: 20pages
Date of creation: Dec 2006
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Handle: RePEc:kyo:wpaper:626
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  1. Agerbo, E. & Eriksson, T. & Mortensen, P.B. & Westergard-Nielsen, N., 1998. "Unemployment and Mental Disorder - An Empirical Analysis," Papers 98-02, Centre for Labour Market and Social Research, Danmark-.
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