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Impact of unemployment variations on suicide mortality in Western European countries (2000–2010): authors’ reply
  1. Moussa Laanani1,2,
  2. Walid Ghosn1,
  3. Eric Jougla1,
  4. Grégoire Rey1
  1. 1CépiDc Inserm (Epidemiological Centre on Medical Causes of Death, National Institute of Health and Medical Research), Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, France
  2. 2APHP (Assistance Publique—Hôpitaux de Paris), Paris, France
  1. Correspondance to Moussa Laanani, CépiDc—Inserm, Hôpital Bicêtre, 80, rue du Général Leclerc, Secteur marron—Bâtiment La Force—Porte 58, Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, Cedex 94270, France; moussa.laanani{at}

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In their commentary, Vahid Shahidi et al1 provide an interesting point of view on the results of our study entitled: “Impact of unemployment variations on suicide mortality in Western European countries (2000–2010)”.2 Nevertheless, their analysis reveals some misunderstanding of our paper.

First, the authors explain that unemployment is endogenous to the economic crisis and, thus, trying to capture the effect of unemployment on suicide mortality independently from other features of the economic crisis may not be relevant, more specifically because the effect of unemployment rate changes may vary according to these other features. We do not deny the possible presence of what could be modelled as an interaction. However, such …

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