A Reality Check on Suicides in India
Posted: 31 Jul 2015
Date Written: June 31, 2015
We study suicides in India by analyzing National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data over two decades and make some interesting and less known discoveries. (1) Health (mental and physical) concerns are the leading causes of suicides in India, accounting for over 20% of all suicides (2) Bankruptcy and indebtedness account for less than 5% of all suicides; (3) Housewives comprise the largest share of suicides (18%), while farmers comprise 11% (4) Suicides among most demographics are declining over time and farmer suicides are declining the fastest.
Keywords: suicides, farmers, housewives, India
JEL Classification: J00, I00
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