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The Dynamics of Domestic Violence: Learning about the Match

Dan Anderberg, Noemi Mantovan () and Robert Sauer ()

No 6983, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo Group Munich

Abstract: We present a dynamic lifecycle model of women’s choices with respect to partnership status, labour supply and fertility when a male partner’s true tendency for abusive behaviour is unobserved. The model is estimated by the method of simulated moments using longitudinal data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. The results indicate that uncertainty about a partner’s abusive type creates incentives for women to delay fertility, reduce fertility overall, divorce more often and increase labour supply. We also study the impact of higher female wages, income support to single mothers, and subsidized childcare when the mother is working. While higher wages reduce women’s overall exposure to abuse, both income support and subsidized childcare fail to do so because they encourage early fertility. Income support also leads to less accumulated labour market experience and hence higher abuse rates.

Keywords: domestic violence; learning; fertility; ALSPAC (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J12 J13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dem and nep-lab
Date: 2018
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