Event Title

Does Economic Growth Affect Suicide?

Major

Economics

Faculty Mentor

John R. Swinton

Abstract

This paper uses a panel dataset of all fifty states and the District of Columbia to examine the relationship between state economic growth and suicide rates. Using ordinary least squares techniques as well as state and year level fixed effects, I find no statistically significant relationship between economic growth and suicide. However, the state fixed effects reveal massive variation in suicide at the state level, which bode interesting questions such as why do some states have extremely high suicide rates and others extremely low? For example, my results suggest that the liklihood of someone committing suicide in Alaska increases by 7.45 suicides per 100,000 relative to Alabama.

Session Name:

Issues in Health Economics

Start Date

10-4-2015 1:15 PM

End Date

10-4-2015 2:15 PM

Location

HSB 300

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Does Economic Growth Affect Suicide?

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This paper uses a panel dataset of all fifty states and the District of Columbia to examine the relationship between state economic growth and suicide rates. Using ordinary least squares techniques as well as state and year level fixed effects, I find no statistically significant relationship between economic growth and suicide. However, the state fixed effects reveal massive variation in suicide at the state level, which bode interesting questions such as why do some states have extremely high suicide rates and others extremely low? For example, my results suggest that the liklihood of someone committing suicide in Alaska increases by 7.45 suicides per 100,000 relative to Alabama.