Economics of Child Protection: Maltreatment, Foster Care, and Intimate Partner Violence

Posted: 7 Sep 2018

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Joseph J. Doyle

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Economics, Finance, Accounting (EFA); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Anna Aizer

Brown University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: August 2018

Abstract

Violence within families and child neglect are strikingly common: 700,000 children are found to be victims of abuse or neglect in the United States each year; over the course of childhood, 6% of children are placed in foster care, and 18% witness intimate partner violence. These children are at much higher risks of homelessness, criminal justice involvement, unemployment, and chronic health conditions compared to their neighbors. This article reviews the state of the economics literature on the causes and consequences of child maltreatment and intimate partner violence and calls for greater research into interventions aimed at improving child well-being.

Suggested Citation

Doyle, Joseph John and Aizer, Anna, Economics of Child Protection: Maltreatment, Foster Care, and Intimate Partner Violence (August 2018). Annual Review of Economics, Vol. 10, pp. 87-108, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3245102 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-economics-080217-053237

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