Suicide, sentiment and crisis

Collins, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-9805-9091, Cox, A., Kizys, R., Haynes, F., Machin, S. and Sampson, B., 2019. Suicide, sentiment and crisis. The Social Science Journal. ISSN 0362-3319

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A lack of clarity surrounds the precise nature of the transmission mechanism by which an economic crisis actually affects suicide. This study posits the hypothesis that this influence broadly translates as emotional reaction, ‘gut feelings’ and as such explicitly considers the use of subjective factors of economic performance to better explain variations in suicide rates. Alongside traditional economic indicators we use a 'consumer sentiment' measure, a sense of how economic factors are perceived to be impacting on individuals, to explain suicide rates. Furthermore, we explicitly consider the impact of the global financial crisis and test the impact of state public and health expenditures. Results show that consumer sentiment is found to offer a significantly greater explanatory role in exploring variations in the suicide rate compared to traditional economic indicators. Moreover, the effect of consumer sentiment is greater for females than for males, with some nuances in explaining this result. State public and health expenditures do not seem to have any significant influence on suicide rates.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: The Social Science Journal
Creators: Collins, A., Cox, A., Kizys, R., Haynes, F., Machin, S. and Sampson, B.
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Date: 25 April 2019
ISSN: 0362-3319
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 26 Apr 2019 09:34
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2022 03:00

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