Are men or women more likely to commit suicide after a divorce?

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I used the national panel data of Japan to investigate the determinants of suicide. The major findings are twofold. First, the social capital that enhances community integration had a greater effect on the suicide of females than that of males. This is probably because females are less likely to have full-time jobs and thus have more spare time, leading them to seek social involvement in their neighbourhoods and participate in community activities. Second, divorce causes the propensity to commit suicide among males to become about two times higher than that among females because of the compensation costs that males are more likely to pay to females.

Source: “The different impacts of socio-economic factors on suicide between males and females” from Applied Economics Letters, Volume 17, Issue 10 July 2010 , pages 1009 – 1012

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