Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/102038
Authors: 
Rottmann, Horst
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
OTH im Dialog: Weidener Diskussionspapiere 42
Abstract: 
We examine the economic and social determinants of suicide mortality in a panel of 25 OECD countries over the period 1970 - 2011 and explicitly analyze the effects of unemployment and labor market institutions on suicide rates. In line with a large body of literature, our results suggest that unemployment and social factors are important determinants of suicide mortality. The results also indicate that unemployment benefits decrease suicides of males, while relatively strict employment protection regulations increase suicide mortality. These findings indicate that labor market institutions may influence job satisfaction and the quality of life in industrial countries. We suggest taking into account the role of labor market institutions when analyzing the effects of institutional and economic determinants on health.
Subjects: 
Panel Data
Suicide
Employment Protection
Unemployment Benefits
JEL: 
C23
E24
I10
J65
ISBN: 
978-3-937804-44-6
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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