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In the last decades, public policies at the global and national levels have been dominated by reforms aiming at international integration such as deregulation, privatisation, stabilisation and liberalisation.1 A particularly radical version of these reforms, often called economic “shock therapy”, has been implemented in Eastern Europe, on the advice of economists such as Jeffrey Sachs and institutions including the International Monetary Fund.2 Two of the most prominent consequences of these reforms have been the sharp increase in income inequality and the worsening of living standards.3 In this exploratory analysis, we examine the association between changes in income inequality and changes in suicide rates after the advent of economic globalisation policies in Eastern Europe.
Methods and results
The analysis focused on changes between 1989 (the beginning of economic reform …
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