Suicide and the Creative Class: A Cross-National Examination

Mark H. Heirigs, Matthew D. Moore, Nicholas L. Recker

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Studies on suicide have illustrated the role society plays in the very individual act of suicide. Suicide research has examined the role of economic development within cities, states, and countries. Florida suggested that a new form of economic development, built around the creative class, is being implemented by the most prosperous cities and countries. Using a cross-national analysis of 59 countries the study finds that as the percent of the creative class increased, suicide increased. The findings indicate that there could be a negative consequence to areas pursuing economic development along the creative class model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)917-927
Number of pages11
JournalDeviant Behavior
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 3 2017


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