Effects of increased minimum wages by unemployment rate on suicide in the USA

@article{Kaufman2020EffectsOI,
  title={Effects of increased minimum wages by unemployment rate on suicide in the USA},
  author={John A. Kaufman and Leslie Salas-Hern{\'a}ndez and Kelli A. Komro and Melvin D. Livingston},
  journal={Journal of Epidemiology \& Community Health},
  year={2020},
  volume={74},
  pages={219 - 224}
}
Background Social welfare policies such as the minimum wage can affect population health, though the impact may differ by the level of unemployment experienced by society at a given time. Methods We ran difference-in-differences models using monthly data from all 50 states and Washington, DC from 1990 to 2015. We used educational attainment to define treatment and control groups. The exposure was the difference between state and federal minimum wage in US$2015, defined both by the date the… 

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