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Suicide and socioeconomic determinants in Canada: beyond morality and philosophy

Evan Lau (), Siti Nur Zahara Hamzah, Sandra Chia Chia Tan and Biagio Simonetti
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Siti Nur Zahara Hamzah: University of Reading Malaysia
Sandra Chia Chia Tan: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Biagio Simonetti: University of Sannio

Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, 2017, vol. 51, issue 4, 1843-1858

Abstract: Abstract This paper provides new and exciting insight of suicide between genders in Canada for 39 years from a socio-economic perspective. A theoretical framework based on sound economic theory of suicide using Vector Autoregression (VAR) model to establish meaningful relationships between variables incorporated. Additional causality test and beyond sample analysis (forecasting) will be helpful inbeautifying the linkages among the variables employed in this study. It is suggested that both female and male suicidal behaviour can be explained by socio-economic indicators. The findings provide useful insights for policy makers and suicide related agencies to perform a novel approach in dealing with suicides in addition to traditional behavioural correction and counselling strategies in hand. This study should also be helpful in understanding suicide from a broad perspective and analysing suicide in a new economic framework of rational choice theory.

Keywords: Suicide; Socio-economic indicators; Cointegration; VECM; Canada (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.1007/s11135-016-0370-x

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