Globalization and Suicide Rates: Evidence from Transition Countries

Antonio Rodriguez, VSB TU Ostrava

In the former Soviet Union, suicide rates have increased substantially in the 1990s and decreased in recent years. After the fall of the Soviet Union, transition countries opened their market to the outside world and globalization exposed families and communities to rapid economic change. We study the link between suicide and globalization over the last 24 years in 20 transition countries using fixed effects regressions. We find that male suicide rates are positively related to economic globalization and female suicide rates show the opposite signs. Our findings imply that the gains and losses from globalization are not shared equally between males and females. Adjustment and suicide prevention policies need to be differentiated for males and females.

Presented in Session 1190: Mortality and Longevity