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Child abuse: Does public enforcement crowd out private vigilance?

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  • Malcolm, Michael
  • Dugda, Getachew

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We investigate whether increased public reporting of child abuse crowds out private reporting. We find, despite theoretical models suggesting significant crowding out, that public and private reports have risen nearly equiproportionately and that crowding out is small and not significant.

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  • Malcolm, Michael & Dugda, Getachew, 2012. "Child abuse: Does public enforcement crowd out private vigilance?," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 114(1), pages 106-108.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:114:y:2012:i:1:p:106-108
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2011.09.030
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    1. Eldred, Lindsey M. & Gifford, Elizabeth J., 2016. "Empirical evidence on legal levers aimed at addressing child maltreatment," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 11-19.

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    Keywords

    Child abuse; Crowding out; Child welfare;

    JEL classification:

    • D10 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - General
    • H51 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Health
    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure

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