Anderberg, Dan Rainer, Helmut Wadsworth, Jonathan Wilson, Tanya
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CESifo Working Paper 4315
Is unemployment the overwhelming determinant of domestic violence that many commentators expect it to be? The contribution of this paper is to examine, theoretically and empirically, how changes in unemployment affect the incidence of domestic abuse. The key theoretical prediction is that male and female unemployment have opposite-signed effects on domestic abuse: anincrease in male unemployment <i>decreases</i> the incidence of intimate partner violence, while an increase in female unemployment <i>increases</i> domestic abuse. Combining data on intimate partnerviolence from the British Crime Survey with locally disaggregated labor market data from the UK's Annual Population Survey, we find strong evidence in support of the theoretical prediction.