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Social conformity and suicide

Bussu, Anna and Detotto, Claudio and Sterzi, Valerio (2012) Social conformity and suicide. Cagliari, CRENoS-CUEC. p. 28 (Working Papers CRENoS, 2012, 7). ISBN 978-88-84-67-731-0. Working Paper.

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Abstract

We study the relationship between suicide rates and socioeconomic factors by using a panel data at Italian province level in the time span 1996-2005. Our analysis focuses on the impact of social norms on suicidal behaviours. In particular, beyond the usual social correlates of suicide rates, we propose an aggregate measure of social conformity which refers to the religious sphere as an area of conflict between individual and social behaviours. GMM and dynamic spatial panel data approach are implemented to control for serial and spatial autocorrelation.
The results confirm the primary role of family, alcohol consumption and population density in explaining the suicide rates in Italy, while the economic variables, namely income per capita and economic growth, do not appear to have any effects.

Item Type:Working Paper
ID Code:7876
Status:Published
Uncontrolled Keywords:Suicide, family, conformity, social norms
Subjects:Area 13 - Scienze economiche e statistiche > SECS-P/01 Economia politica
Divisions:002 Altri enti e centri di ricerca del Nord Sardegna > CRENoS-Centro Ricerche Economiche Nord Sud, Università di Cagliari e Università di Sassari
001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Scienze economiche e aziendali
Publisher:CRENoS-CUEC
Copyright Holders:© CUEC 2012
ISBN:978-88-84-67-731-0
Publisher Policy:Depositato per gentile concessione del CRENoS e di CUEC
Deposited On:08 Aug 2012 17:11

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