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The persistently high rate of suicide in Lithuania: an updated view

Mariarosaria Comunale

No 21, Bank of Lithuania Discussion Paper Series from Bank of Lithuania

Abstract: This article examines possible factors related to the rate of suicide in Lithuania, which is the highest in Europe and one of the highest worldwide. Using statistical methods, we select possible determinants from the literature in the fields of economics, psychology and sociology. We look at annual data from 1994 to 2016 for the Baltic States, with a specific focus on Lithuania. The main factors linked to suicide in the region seem to be GDP growth, demographics, alcohol consumption, psychological factors and global warming. For Lithuania in particular, other macroeconomic variables (especially linked to the labor market) may matter. The percentage of rural population does not seem to be a key robust factor.

Keywords: Lithuania; suicide rates; mortality; socioeconomic factors; WALS method; Bayesian regression; elastic net (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I15 I31 J11 J17 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 42 pages
Date: 2020-07-22
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