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    The factors affecting people's attitudes & opinions toward physician-assisted suicide : do economic implications matter? by Howard, Tanner C.

    Empirical evidence has shown that legalizing physician-assisted suicide could result in real economic benefits. This study will test whether those economic implications have an effect on peoples’ attitudes and opinions toward PAS by means of an OLS regression model measuring the determinants of those attitudes. It takes the previous research on the subject a step further by including two explanatory variables based on an individual’s life experiences in addition to their demographic characteristics. Results indicate that along with some demographic characteristics, peoples’ experience with loved ones who are terminally ill has positive correlation with their favorability toward the legalization of PAS. Furthermore, peoples’ attitudes and opinions toward the legalization of PAS are much more dependent on ethical and personal factors than economics.