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The impact of fiscal austerity on suicide: on the empirics of a modern Greek tragedy

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The impact of fiscal austerity on suicide : on the empirics of a modern Greek tragedy. / Antonakakis, Nikolaos; Collins, Alan.

In: Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 112, 01.07.2014, p. 39-50.

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Antonakakis, Nikolaos ; Collins, Alan. / The impact of fiscal austerity on suicide : on the empirics of a modern Greek tragedy. In: Social Science & Medicine. 2014 ; Vol. 112. pp. 39-50.

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