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Economic Analysis of Suicide Prevention

Towards Evidence-Based Policy-Making

  • Yasuyuki Sawada
  • Michiko Ueda
  • Tetsuya Matsubayashi

Part of the Economy and Social Inclusion book series (ESI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Yasuyuki Sawada, Michiko Ueda, Tetsuya Matsubayashi
    Pages 1-5
  3. Yasuyuki Sawada, Michiko Ueda, Tetsuya Matsubayashi
    Pages 7-32
  4. Yasuyuki Sawada, Michiko Ueda, Tetsuya Matsubayashi
    Pages 33-68
  5. Yasuyuki Sawada, Michiko Ueda, Tetsuya Matsubayashi
    Pages 69-92
  6. Yasuyuki Sawada, Michiko Ueda, Tetsuya Matsubayashi
    Pages 93-113
  7. Yasuyuki Sawada, Michiko Ueda, Tetsuya Matsubayashi
    Pages 115-135
  8. Yasuyuki Sawada, Michiko Ueda, Tetsuya Matsubayashi
    Pages 137-161
  9. Yasuyuki Sawada, Michiko Ueda, Tetsuya Matsubayashi
    Pages 163-177
  10. Yasuyuki Sawada, Michiko Ueda, Tetsuya Matsubayashi
    Pages 179-203
  11. Yasuyuki Sawada, Michiko Ueda, Tetsuya Matsubayashi
    Pages E1-E1

About this book

Introduction

This book examines the causes and consequences of suicide from the perspective of economics. The approach here differs from those in medical, psychiatric, epidemiological, and sociological studies of suicide and is thus novel in a way that highlights the importance of economic and institutional settings in the problem of suicide. The authors argue that suicide imposes a tremendous economic cost on contemporary society in a variety of ways, requiring the government to develop an effective prevention strategy. An empirical analysis using data from Japan and other developed countries shows that natural disasters and economic crises increase suicide rates, while liberal government policies favorable to the poor can decrease them. Further, the types of effective prevention strategies in the context of railway/subway suicides, celebrity suicides, public awareness campaigns, and education using data primarily from Japan are revealed.  This book ultimately contributes to an understanding of suicides and the development of evidence-based policy proposals. The Japanese version of this book won the 56th Nikkei Prize for Economics Books (Nikkei Keizai Tosho Bunka Award) in 2013.

Yasuyuki Sawada is Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank and Professor of Economics at The University of Tokyo. Michiko Ueda is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Political Science and Economics at Waseda University. Tetsuya Matsubayashi is Associate Professor of Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University. 

Keywords

suicide economic analysis evidence suicide prevention in Japan railway and subway suicide natural disaster and suicide policy evaluation

Authors and affiliations

  • Yasuyuki Sawada
    • 1
  • Michiko Ueda
    • 2
  • Tetsuya Matsubayashi
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of EconomicsThe University of TokyoBunkyō, TokyoJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of Political Science and EconomicsWaseda UniversityShinjukuJapan
  3. 3.Osaka School of International Public PolicyOsaka UniversityToyonakaJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-1500-7
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-1499-4
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-1500-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2509-4270
  • Series Online ISSN 2509-4289
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