Is economic policy uncertainty related to suicide rates? Evidence from the United States

Nikolaos Antonakakis, Rangan Gupta

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Abstract

While it has long been recognised that periods of economic uncertainty, characterised by increased unemployment and lower economic activity, are associated with increased suicide rates, no study has examined the impact of policy-related economic uncertainty on suicide mortality. The aim of this study is to examine the relationship between economic policy uncertainty and suicide mortality in the United States over the period 1950–2013 , while controlling for several other socioeconomic determinants of suicide mortality, as well as age- and gender-variations. The results of the analysis reveal that increased economic policy uncertainty is associated with increased suicide mortality of the youngest and the oldest segments of the male population in the United States, while the female population across all ages is found to be resilient to changes in economic policy uncertainty.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalSocial Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement
Early online date20 Jun 2016
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online - 20 Jun 2016

Keywords

  • WNU
  • United States
  • Economic policy uncertainty
  • Suicide

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