Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/224012
Authors: 
Arenas-Arroyo, Esther
Fernández-Kranz, Daniel
Nollenberger, Natalia
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13570
Abstract: 
With the COVID-19 outbreak imposing stay at home and social distancing policies, warnings about the impact of lockdown and its economic consequences on domestic violence has surged. This paper disentangles the effect of forced coexistence and economic stress on intimate partner violence. Using an online survey data set, we find a 23% increase of intimate partner violence during the lockdown. Our results indicate that the impact of economic consequences is twice as large as the impact of lockdown. We also find a large increase of domestic violence when the relative position of the man worsens, especially in contexts where that position was already being threatened. We view our results as consistent with the male backlash and emotional cue effects.
Subjects: 
intimate partner violence
lockdown
economic stress
COVID-19
coronavirus
JEL: 
J12
I18
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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