Please join us for this virtual event highlighting the work of Prof. Chad Meyerhoefer. Dr. Meyerhoefer is a Professor in the Department of Economics in the College of Business. 

Presentation Title: Implications of the Decline in LGBTQ Rights for Suicide Rates: Evidence from anti-LGBTQ Statues in Poland

Summary: Prejudice and discrimination against the LGBTQ population has been on the rise in many parts of the world. Prior theoretical research suggests stigma-induced stress experienced by LGBTQ individuals can lead to psychopathology that is mediated by emotion dysregulation, social/interpersonal problems, and compromised cognitive processes. In support of this theory, numerous studies find that LGBTQ individuals are more likely to exhibit depressive symptoms, have suicidal thoughts and attempt suicide. We contribute to this literature by applying causal econometric methods to the analysis of changes in suicide rates in Poland due to the adoption of anti-LGBTQ statues by Polish counties and cities. Our results provide important information on the health costs of state statues that sanction discrimination against individuals based on sexual identity.

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