Political Institutions and Suicide: a Regional Analysis of Switzerland (Research Paper Series No.33)

The question to what extent governance structure affects people’s well-being, here reflected in the decision to die by suicide, still remains largely unknown. This paper examines the effects of political institutions & governance structure on suicide using a balanced panel for 26 Swiss cantons over the period 1980-1988. Results indicate that stronger popular rights & […]

Patriarchy on Trial: Suicide, Discipline, and Governance in Imperial Russia

Focussing on the nineteenth century, this article will show how the crime of instigating suicide emerged as part of an (inadequate) effort to correct the abuses of serfdom in Russia, but would, by the 1860s, become a (likewise inadquate) tool to regulate familial relations – specifically, the abuse of wives & children. In both periods, […]

Committing to Suicide: the Power and Limits of VA Research

In this commentary, the author outlines the legal requirement of the Veterans Administration to construct evidence-based research on veterans’ suicide & its prevention, to establish education & prevention programs to reduce the rate of suicide in this population, & to maintain a 24-hour suicide hoteline for veterans. The opportunities this mandate presents for researchers as […]

Suicide in Nazi Concentration Camps, 1933-9

Combining legal, social, & political history, this article contributes to a more thorough understanding of the changing relationship between Nazi concentration camps as places of extra-legal terror & the judiciary, between Nazi terror & the law. It is argued the conflict between the judiciary & the SS was not a conflict between good & evil […]

The Economic Argument for a Policy of Suicide Prevention

This paper demonstrates, using some conventional concepts & procedures from economics, the economic rationale for governments to have suicide prevention policies. The motivation is to show that a suicide prevention policy involves a legitimate role of government, given the conventional framework of welfare economics. This paper shows that there is no economic case for a […]

Is There an Economic Argument for Suicide Prevention? A Response to Doessel and Williams

An article by Doessel & Williams in this journal presented an economic argument for a policy of suicide prevention. In this letter to the editor, several issues are raised that Doessel & Williams failed to address: 1) the fact that suicides may result in economic savings for the society; 2) the finite resources of governments […]