Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/80676
Authors: 
Anderberg, Dan
Rainer, Helmut
Wadsworth, Jonathan
Wilson, Tanya
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 7515
Abstract: 
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: an increase in male unemployment decreases the incidence of intimate partner violence, while an increase in female unemployment increases domestic abuse. Combining data on intimate partner violence 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.
Subjects: 
domestic violence
unemployment
JEL: 
J12
D19
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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