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COVID-19, Job Loss, and Intimate Partner Violence in Peru

Jorge Agüero, Erica Field, Ignacio Rodriguez Hurtado and Javier Romero ()
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Erica Field: Duke University, NBER and BREAD
Ignacio Rodriguez Hurtado: Duke University

No 2022-08, Working papers from University of Connecticut, Department of Economics

Abstract: We collect retrospective panel survey data on household socioeconomic status and do-mestic conflict from a large nationwide sample in Peru and find a sizable and sustained increase in intimate partner violence (IPV) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The in-cidence of physical IPV increased by an estimated 56% from 2019 to April/May 2020, and the increase was sustained until July/August 2020, the latest data point collected in our survey. Households most likely to lose a job experienced the largest increases in IPV over the period, measured by variation in the level of job loss across occupations. These patterns suggest that part of the increase in IPV was a causal effect of income shocks created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

JEL-codes: J12 J16 K42 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 35 pages
Date: 2022-03
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