Researchers Say Austerity Linked To Suicide.

In a New York Times (5/13, Stuckler, Basu, Subscription Publication) op-ed headlined “How Austerity Kills,” Sanjay Basu of Stanford’s Prevention Research Center and Oxford sociology researcher David Stuckler write that in their new book on austerity, they “estimate that 4,750 ‘excess’ suicides – that is, deaths above what pre-existing trends would predict – occurred from 2007 to 2010” in the US. They say a “correlation between unemployment and suicide has been observed since the 19th century.” They argue that austerity measures have extended and increased unemployment, and thus deserve some of the blame.

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— “How Austerity Kills, “David Stuckler, The New York Times, May 12, 2013.

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