COVID-19 and Crimes Against Women: Evidence from Mexico

25 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2020

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Lauren Hoehn-Velasco

Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

Adan Silverio-Murillo

School of Government, Tecnologico de Monterrey

Jose Roberto Balmori de la Miyar

University Anahuac Mexico, Business and Economics School

Date Written: September 1, 2020

Abstract

This paper considers whether the COVID-19 stay-at-home order affected crimes targeting women. We use national municipal-level crime data from Mexico’s National Public Security System, which reports sexual crimes, lapses in alimony, domestic violence, and femicides. We track monthly changes in crime using an event-study design. Our results show three main patterns. First, lapses in alimony, sexual crimes, and domestic violence follow a U-shaped trend. Each crime declined and then rose back to their pre-COVID levels. Second, femicides, the most violent crime against women, remained constant during the pandemic. Third, we find that femicides declined in municipalities with alcohol sales prohibition

Keywords: Women; Crime; COVID-19; Mexico; Crimes against women; IPV, Sexual abuse

JEL Classification: K4, J12, J16, J18

Suggested Citation

Hoehn-Velasco, Lauren and Silverio-Murillo, Adan and Balmori de la Miyar, Jose Roberto, COVID-19 and Crimes Against Women: Evidence from Mexico (September 1, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3701472 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3701472

Lauren Hoehn-Velasco (Contact Author)

Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies ( email )

Department of Economics
35 Broad Street, 6th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
United States

Adan Silverio-Murillo

School of Government, Tecnologico de Monterrey ( email )

Calle del Puente 222
Mexico City, 04210
Mexico

Jose Roberto Balmori de la Miyar

University Anahuac Mexico, Business and Economics School ( email )

Av de las Torres 131
Olivar de los Padres
Mexico City, Mexico City 01780
Mexico

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