Letters Austerity in Europe

Unemployment and suicides during the recession in Italy

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4908 (Published 06 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4908
  1. Roberto De Vogli, professor1
  1. 1School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of California Davis, Davis, CA 95616, USA
  1. r.devogli{at}ucl.ac.uk

Arie writes about suicides resulting from the crisis and budget cuts in Italy.1 To date, no study has investigated the impact of austerity on suicides in Italy. To answer this question, I retrieved annual data on suicides and unemployment rates (for people over 15 years) for all Italian regions from the National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) from 2000 to 2010.2 Then, I obtained data on per capita expenditure on social services and benefits delivered by single and associated municipalities in 2008 from the SocialCohesion.Stat database.3

I investigated the association between change in unemployment …

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