The Effect of Government Suicide Prevention Programs
Suicide poses a serious challenge on all modern societies and governments are expected to play a major role in its prevention. The previous two chapters showed that policy choices of the government have a crucial influence on the risk of suicide among the population. Yet our measures of policy choices, such as government partisanship in Chap. 7 and economic and welfare policies in Chap. 8, are not a direct and immediate suicide prevention effort. They were hypothesized to affect the lives of vulnerable population in society and thus their suicidal risks.
We thank Finn Gjertsen for informing us of an error in our analysis in the analysis reported in the second section of this chapter.
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