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Domestic Violence over the Business Cycle

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  • Gerard van den Berg

    (Universität Mannheim)

  • Michele Tertilt

    (University of Mannheim)

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In this paper we estimate the effects of the business cycle on the occurrence of domestic violence. For the victims, domestic violence is among the most traumatic events conceivable. Victims (typically, children and female spouses) are often tied to the perpetrator in a relationship of economic and emotional dependence. The current recession has hit men aged 18-65, who are the usual perpetrators, especially hard. Effects of job loss and economic hardship and deprivation on domestic violence may therefore be more relevant than ever before.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2012 Meeting Papers with number 1171.

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Handle: RePEc:red:sed012:1171

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