Socio‐Economic Studies on Suicide: A Survey

Posted: 18 Feb 2012

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Joe Chen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Yun-Jeong Choi

Korea Institute for International Economic Policy

Kohta Mori

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Yasuyuki Sawada

University of Tokyo - Faculty of Economics

Saki Sugano

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: April 2012

Abstract

In this paper, we review economic theories and empirical studies on the socio‐economic aspects of suicide. Through our survey, we would like to emphasize the importance of studying suicide by employing a ‘rational’ approach that complements the medical perspective on suicide. We first introduce major economic theories of suicide and then present a summary of a variety of empirical studies from the socio‐economic perspective. To shed light on the mixed empirical evidence, we employ a meta‐regression method to investigate how the existing empirical results vary. We have identified a publication bias, not highlighted previously, in the existing literature with respect to several commonly employed socio‐economic factors. Several characteristics of existing studies have been identified as influencing the qualitative outcome. We then discuss the recent developments in economic studies on suicide, on the basis of the authors’ ongoing project on suicide. In the concluding section, we point out some issues for further studies.

Keywords: Socio‐economic studies on suicide, Suicide

Suggested Citation

Chen, Joe and Choi, Yun-Jeong and Mori, Kohta and Sawada, Yasuyuki and Sugano, Saki, Socio‐Economic Studies on Suicide: A Survey (April 2012). Journal of Economic Surveys, Vol. 26, Issue 2, pp. 271-306, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2007357 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6419.2010.00645.x

Joe Chen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Yun-Jeong Choi

Korea Institute for International Economic Policy

Seoul 137-602

Kohta Mori

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

Yasuyuki Sawada

University of Tokyo - Faculty of Economics ( email )

7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku
Tokyo 113-0033
Japan

Saki Sugano

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

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