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Female Suicide and the Concept of the Midlife Crisis

16 Pages Posted: 22 May 2017  

Andrew J. Oswald

University of Warwick - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Ahmed Tohamy

University of Warwick

Abstract

The idea that humans – especially females – are prone to some form of 'midlife crisis' has typically been viewed with extreme skepticism by social scientists. We point out the potential equivalence between an age U-shape in a new well-being literature and a matching hill-shape in especially female suicide risk (evident in 28 countries and visible in the United States even 30 years ago). This concordance between two currently separate kinds of evidence, including a result on non-human primates, is apparently not known to many researchers or public commentators. It may be necessary to reconsider traditional thinking on the midlife crisis.

Keywords: happiness, aging, suicide, well-being, GHQ, mental-health, depression, life-course

JEL Classification: I12, I31

Suggested Citation

Oswald, Andrew J. and Tohamy, Ahmed, Female Suicide and the Concept of the Midlife Crisis. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10759. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2971355

Andrew J. Oswald (Contact Author)

University of Warwick - Department of Economics ( email )

Coventry CV4 7AL
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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Ahmed Tohamy

University of Warwick

Gibbet Hill Rd.
Coventry, West Midlands CV4 8UW
United Kingdom

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