Unemployment and Domestic Violence: Theory and Evidence

33 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2017 Last revised: 9 May 2020

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Dan Anderberg

University of London, Royal Holloway College - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Helmut Rainer

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute

Jonathan Wadsworth

University of London - Royal Holloway College

Tanya Wilson

University of London - Royal Holloway College

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Date Written: November 2016

Abstract

Does rising unemployment really increase domestic violence as many commentators expect? The contribution of this article is to examine how changes in unemployment affect the incidence of domestic abuse. Theory predicts 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 labour market data from the UK's Annual Population Survey, we find strong evidence in support of the theoretical prediction.

Suggested Citation

Anderberg, Dan and Rainer, Helmut and Wadsworth, Jonathan and Wilson, Tanya, Unemployment and Domestic Violence: Theory and Evidence (November 2016). The Economic Journal, Vol. 126, Issue 597, pp. 1947-1979, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2893966 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12246

Dan Anderberg (Contact Author)

University of London, Royal Holloway College - Department of Economics ( email )

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Helmut Rainer

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute ( email )

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Germany

Jonathan Wadsworth

University of London - Royal Holloway College ( email )

Tanya Wilson

University of London - Royal Holloway College ( email )

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