Show Summary Details
Page of

An economic perspective on suicide across the five continents 

An economic perspective on suicide across the five continents
An economic perspective on suicide across the five continents

David McDaid

and Brendan Kennelly

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 25 June 2022

In considering suicide prevention measures it is important to consider potential economic risk factors, as well as the costs and consequences of suicide. We provide a brief overview of some areas where economics has played a role in the analysis of suicide and suicide prevention strategies. Evidence on the wide-ranging socioeconomic costs and consequences of suicide is provided, as well as a reflection on the development of economic theories on individual motivations for suicide. The evidence from econometric models at both cross-country and single country levels on the links between suicide and socio-economic risk factors such as poverty and unemployment are reviewed. Cost-effectiveness is increasingly used as part of decision-making processes in health and other sectors. In respect of suicide prevention, such evidence remains limited. The present review, nonetheless, suggests that suicide prevention measures may be highly cost-effective. Incorporating economic analyses into future effectiveness studies is likely to help strengthen the case for investment in suicide prevention. There is also scope to look at the economic implications of interventions already shown to be effective.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.