The Influence of Income Inequality on Suicides - A study across age groups in Swedish counties

Detta är en Magister-uppsats från Lunds universitet/Nationalekonomiska institutionen

Sammanfattning: The National Board of Health and Welfare together with the Public Health Agency of Sweden suggests that a reduction in income inequality could decrease suicide rates. The thesis aims at testing if this statement is accurate and if the influence of income inequality on suicides is different across age groups. The estimations are done using a panel dataset consisting of all Swedish counties for the period 2007-2012 together with a fixed effects model. The main finding is that the only age group with significant results are young females, where income inequality is negatively correlated with suicide rates. Although insignificant for young males the coefficient is negative in their case too.

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