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Dynamic Impacts of Lockdown on Domestic Violence: Evidence from Multiple Policy Shifts in Chile

Bhalotra, Sonia and Brito, Emilia and Clarke, Damian and Larroulet, Pilar and Pino, Francisco (2022) Dynamic Impacts of Lockdown on Domestic Violence: Evidence from Multiple Policy Shifts in Chile. Working Paper. SSRN/IZA Discussion Paper No. 14958. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

We leverage staggered implementation of lockdown across Chile's 346 municipalities, identifying dynamic impacts on domestic violence (DV). Using administrative data, we find lockdown imposition increases indicators of DV-related distress, while decreasing DV reports to the police. We identify male job loss as a mechanism driving distress, and female job loss as driving decreased reporting. Stimulus payments to poor households act on both margins, their impacts partially differentiated by lockdown status. Once lockdown is lifted, police reports surge but we see a ratchet effect in distress. Our findings accentuate the controversy around welfare impacts of lockdown mandates.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: public health, social safety net, domestic violence, COVID-19
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2022 17:00
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2022 19:54
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/32985

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