Atlantic Economic Journal

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 133–145 | Cite as

Does Corruption Affect suicide? Econometric Evidence from OECD Countries

  • Eiji YamamuraEmail author
  • Antonio R. Andrés
  • Marina Selini Katsaiti


The question to what extent corruption influences suicide still remains unanswered. This paper examines the effect of corruption on suicide using a panel data approach for 24 OECD countries over the period 1995–2004. Our results show that suicide rates are lower in countries with lower levels of corruption. We also find evidence that this effect is approximately three times larger for males than for females. It follows from these findings that corruption has a detrimental effect on societal well-being and its effect differs based on the social position of genders.


Corruption Panel data Suicide Well-being OECD 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eiji Yamamura
    • 1
    Email author
  • Antonio R. Andrés
    • 2
  • Marina Selini Katsaiti
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsSeinan Gakuin UniversityFukuokaJapan
  2. 2.School of Business AdministrationAl Akhawayn UniversityIfraneMorocco
  3. 3.Department of Economics and FinanceUnited Arab Emirates UniversityAl AinUAE

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