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Economic Conditions and Child Abuse

Show simple item record Lindo, Jason M. ; Schaller, Jessamyn ; Hansen 2019-04-24T16:58:26Z 2019-04-24T16:58:26Z 2013
dc.identifier.citation Lindo, Jason M. ; Schaller, Jessamyn ; Hansen. (2013). Economic Conditions and Child Abuse. Institute for the Study of Labor, IZA Discussion Paper 7355. en_US
dc.description.abstract Although a huge literature spanning several disciplines documents an association between poverty and child abuse, researchers have not found persuasive evidence that economic downturns increase abuse, despite their impacts on family income. In this paper, we address this seeming contradiction. Using county-level child abuse data spanning 1996 to 2009 from the California Department of Justice, we estimate the extent to which a county’s reported abuse rate diverges from its trend when its economic conditions diverge from trend, controlling for statewide annual shocks. The results of this analysis indicate that overall measures of economic conditions are not strongly related to rates of abuse. However, focusing on overall measures of economic conditions masks strong opposing effects of economic conditions facing males and females: male layoffs increase rates of abuse whereas female layoffs reduce rates of abuse. These results are consistent with a theoretical framework that builds on family-time-use models and emphasizes differential risks of abuse associated with a child’s time spent with different caregivers. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.subject risk factors en_US
dc.subject income en_US
dc.subject financial hardship en_US
dc.title Economic Conditions and Child Abuse en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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