Determinants of Suicide Rates in Developing Countries - an Econometric Investigation of the Indian Case

21 Pages Posted: 4 Jul 2006

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Siddhartha Mitra

Jadavpur University - Department of Economics

Sangeeta Shroff

Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

In this paper we look at the determinants of suicide rates in developing countries by looking at the incidence of suicides in the various states of the Indian union. A thorough analysis of socio-economic factors affecting suicide rates in developed countries was conducted by Emile Durkheim towards the end of the nineteenth century and recently by Helliwell among others. However, no comparable work has been done in the case of developing countries. A big difference between our Indian study and the studies on developed countries is that neither literacy, nor the level of urbanization nor unemployment rates turn out to be significant determinants of suicide rates in our analysis. However, per capita income is a significant and positive determinant of suicide rates in both sets of studies.

Keywords: suicide, per capita income, literacy, unemployment

JEL Classification: A10, A14, C20

Suggested Citation

Mitra, Siddhartha and Shroff, Sangeeta, Determinants of Suicide Rates in Developing Countries - an Econometric Investigation of the Indian Case (2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=912386 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.912386

Siddhartha Mitra (Contact Author)

Jadavpur University - Department of Economics ( email )

Kolkata, 700032
India

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Sangeeta Shroff

Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics ( email )

Deccan Gymkhana
Maharashtra, Pune 411 004
India

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