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Socioeconomic factors and suicide rates at large-unit aggregate levels : a comment

Neumayer, Eric ORCID: 0000-0003-2719-7563 (2003) Socioeconomic factors and suicide rates at large-unit aggregate levels : a comment. Urban Studies, 40 (13). 2769 -2776. ISSN 0042-0980

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Identification Number: 10.1080/0042098032000191029


Can socioeconomic factors seemingly explain variation in suicide rates at large-unit aggregate levels only due to an ecological fallacy? This is what Kunce and Anderson (2002) suggest based on fixed-effects estimation of US state suicide rates, in which they find little evidence that socioeconomic factors matter. We demonstrate that this result does not hold true for other large-unit aggregate levels in our analysis of suicide at the cross-national level. We find that many socioeconomic factors have a statistically significant impact. We conclude that sociological and economic theories explaining variation in suicide rates at the large-unit aggregate level with the help of aggregate socioeconomic factors cannot simply be dismissed because of an alleged ecological fallacy.

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Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 18 May 2006
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2024 00:18

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