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Social conformity and suicide

Bussu, Anna and Detotto, Claudio and Sterzi, Valerio (2013) Social conformity and suicide. Journal of Socio-Economics, Vol. 42 , p. 67-78. ISSN 1053-5357. Article.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2012.11.013

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:Article
ID Code:8216
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
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 Politiche, Scienze della Comunicazione e Ingegneria dell'Informazione
001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Scienze economiche e aziendali
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1053-5357
Copyright Holders:© 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved
Deposited On:26 Nov 2012 09:32

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