Should We Invest in Suicide Prevention Programs?
Posted: 29 May 2007 Last revised: 15 Jan 2008
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among college aged youths in Florida. However, there is no prevention program targeting this population group. This paper examines the potential impact of making two prevention programs, general suicide education and peer support programs, available for college students. The results show that both programs increase social welfare by creating social benefits which exceed the costs of the programs. These results hold true even with conservative estimates for effect rates and benefits of the programs.
Keywords: Suicide, Suicide Prevention, Cost-benefit Analysis, Human Capital Approach
JEL Classification: I18, H43
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