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Income shocks and suicides: causal evidence from Indonesia

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We examine how income shocks affect the suicide rate in Indonesia. We use a difference-in-differences approach, exploiting the cash transfer's nationwide roll-out, and corroborate the findings using a randomized experiment. Our estimates show that the cash transfers reduce the yearly suicide rate by 0.36 per 100,000 people, corresponding to an 18 percent decrease. Moreover, a different type of income shock, variability in agricultural productivity, also affects the suicide rate. The cash tran...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1162/rest_a_00777

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Blavatnik School of Government
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Publisher:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press
Journal:
Review of Economics and Statistics More from this journal
Volume:
101
Issue:
5
Pages:
905-920
Publication date:
2018-11-02
Acceptance date:
2018-08-15
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EISSN:
1530-9142
ISSN:
0034-6535
Language:
English
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1055388
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2019-09-24

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