Caution! Men Not at Work: Gender-Specific Labor Market Conditions and Child Maltreatment

47 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2013

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Jason M. Lindo

Texas A&M University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Jessamyn Schaller

Claremont McKenna College - Robert Day School of Economics and Finance

Benjamin Hansen

University of Oregon - Department of Economics; NBER; IZA

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Date Written: April 2013

Abstract

This paper examines the effect of labor market conditions—measured through unemployment, mass layoffs and predicted employment—on child abuse and neglect using county-level data from California. Using these indicators we separately estimate the effects of overall and gender-specific economic shocks. We find only modest evidence of a link between overall economic conditions and child maltreatment. However, analysis by gender reveals robust evidence that maltreatment decreases with indicators for male employment and increases with indicators for female employment. These opposite-signed effects are consistent with a theoretical framework that builds on family-time-use models and is supported by analysis of time-use data.

Suggested Citation

Lindo, Jason M. and Schaller, Jessamyn and Hansen, Benjamin, Caution! Men Not at Work: Gender-Specific Labor Market Conditions and Child Maltreatment (April 2013). NBER Working Paper No. w18994, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2257184

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