wack wack wrote:Did this guy get paid to write this article?
Probably, yes. If you think this is overly biased, this is hardly the only article on this topic.
I'm curious what the Chinese national suicide rate is for employed vs. unemployed people.
He points out that the elderly have a much higher rate, the numbers for men and women, then draws a conclusion about suicides in the work place. Hmm.
These statistics are important to consider when controlling for demographic variables in the data. For instance, since elderly suicide rates are about 50% higher than for the young, and most Foxconn workers are young, then it would be wrong to apply general-population suicide rates to the workers at Foxconn. The author chooses a slightly lower youth-suicide rate estimate (10 instead of 13-15 per 100,000) and then decides how many employees should be committing suicide, statistically speaking. Since fewer than that number actually do commit suicide, it is reasonable to argue that the suicide rate among employees at Foxconn is lower than would otherwise be for those individuals.
It is a valid question to ask whether general-population suicides are weighted toward employed/unemployed persons.