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The Socioeconomic Determinants of Mental Stress in Ireland

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  • David (David Patrick) Madden

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This paper reviews Irish evidence on the link between socioeconomic factors and various measures of mental stress and well-being. The paper reviews both cross-section and time-series studies and finds that of all socioeconomic determinants, the most consistent role is found for unemployment. In general, stronger results are found for males than for females, but the time series evidence suggests that the relationship between suicide and unemployment appears to be weakening.

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  • David (David Patrick) Madden, 2012. "The Socioeconomic Determinants of Mental Stress in Ireland," Working Papers 201221, School of Economics, University College Dublin.
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