Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/223774
Authors: 
Béland, Louis-Philippe
Brodeur, Abel
Haddad, Joanne
Mikola, Derek
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13332
Publisher: 
Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), Bonn
Abstract: 
We investigate the impacts of COVID-19 on domestic violence and family stress. Our empirical analysis relies on a unique online survey, Canadian Perspective Survey Series, that allow us to disentangle the mechanisms through which COVID-19 may affect family stress and domestic violence. We find no evidence that employment status and work arrangements are related to higher self-reported levels of family stress and violence in the home due to confinement, suggesting that remote working on a large scale does not lead to family violence. In contrast, we find that the inability to meet financial obligations and maintaining social ties significantly increase reported family stress and domestic violence. These findings are consistent with two alternative mechanisms: social isolation and decreased bargaining power for women. Last, we provide suggestive evidence that receiving financial relief does not mitigate the effect of financial worries on domestic violence and family stress. We conclude that targeted programs supporting victims of domestic violence may be more effective.
Subjects: 
COVID-19
lockdown
domestic violence
family stress
isolation and remote work
JEL: 
D03
I18
J12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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