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The Consequences of Exposure to Violence during Early Childhood

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  • Aliprantis, Dionissi

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland)

  • Chen, Anne

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland)

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We investigate the impact that exposure to violence in childhood has on an individual’s propensity to engage in risky behaviors later in life and their probability of dying young. We document that black young males in the United States are exposed to much more violence in early childhood than their white counterparts. We also show that exposure to violence has a strong relationship with a host of undesirable later outcomes, and that relationship tends to be the same regardless of race, household income, mother’s educational attainment, or family structure.

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  • Aliprantis, Dionissi & Chen, Anne, 2016. "The Consequences of Exposure to Violence during Early Childhood," Economic Commentary, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, issue May.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedcec:00046
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    Violence; Children; Negative Outcomes; Diversity;

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