Title

Land development and suicide rates in the United States

Date

5-29-2014 12:00 PM

End Time

29-5-2014 12:30 PM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Calapooia Room

Department

Business and Economics

Session Chair

Kristina D. Frankenberger

Session Title

Projects in Business & Economics

Faculty Sponsor(s)

John Leadley

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Does the availability of natural spaces affect our sense of well-being? Can land development lead to depression and suicide? To answer this question, I regressed the rate of suicides in each state on the percentage of land that is developed. To control for other factors related to the quality of the physical environment, I included the percentage of sunny days and emissions from fossil fuels. Unexpectedly, states with a higher percentage of developed land had a statistically significant lower rate of suicide.

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May 29th, 12:00 PM May 29th, 12:30 PM

Land development and suicide rates in the United States

Werner University Center (WUC) Calapooia Room

Does the availability of natural spaces affect our sense of well-being? Can land development lead to depression and suicide? To answer this question, I regressed the rate of suicides in each state on the percentage of land that is developed. To control for other factors related to the quality of the physical environment, I included the percentage of sunny days and emissions from fossil fuels. Unexpectedly, states with a higher percentage of developed land had a statistically significant lower rate of suicide.