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Determinants of Suicides in Denmark: Evidence from Time Series Data

Ferda Halicioglu and Antonio Andres

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Abstract: This research examines empirically the determinants of suicides in Denmark over the period 1970-2006. To our knowledge, there exist no previous study that estimates a dynamic econometric model of suicides on the basis of time series data and cointegration framework at disaggregate level. Our results indicate that suicide is associated with a range of socio-economic factors but the strength of the association can differ by gender. In particular, we find that a rise in real per capita income and fertility rate decreases suicides for males and females. Divorce is positively associated with suicides and this effect seems to be stronger for men. A fall in unemployment rates seems to lower significantly suicides in males and females. Policy implications of suicides are discussed with some appropriate recommendations.

Keywords: Suicide; Denmark; Time Series; Cointegration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C51 C22 A2 A14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2010
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