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Unemployment and domestic violence: theory and evidence

Anderberg, Dan and Rainer, Helmut and Wadsworth, Jonathan and Wilson, Tanya (2013) Unemployment and domestic violence: theory and evidence. CEP Discussion Papers, CEPDP1230. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

Is unemployment the overwhelming determinant of domestic violence that many commentators expect it to be? The contribution of this paper is to examine, theoretically and empirically, how changes in unemployment affect the incidence of domestic abuse. The key theoretical prediction is that male and female unemployment have opposite-signed effects on domestic abuse: an increase in male unemployment decreases the incidence of intimate partner violence, while an increase in female unemployment increases domestic abuse. Combining data on intimate partner violence from the British Crime Survey with locally disaggregated labor market data from the UK’s Annual Population Survey, we find strong evidence in support of the theoretical prediction.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/publications/series.asp?...
Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Series: Working Papers > CEP Discussion Papers
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2013 12:00
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2013 12:00
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/51572

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