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Unintended Consequences of Lockdowns: COVID-19 and the Shadow Pandemic   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the Abstract: "Violence against women is a problem worldwide, with economic costs ranging from 1-4% of global GDP [gross domestic product]. Using variation in the intensity of government-mandated lockdowns in India, we show that domestic violence complaints increase by 0.47 SD in districts with the strictest lockdown rules. We find similarly large increases in cybercrime complaints. Interestingly, rape and sexual assault complaints decrease 0.4 SD during the same period in districts with the strictest lockdowns, consistent with decreased female mobility in public spaces, public transport, and workplaces. Attitudes toward domestic violence play an important role in the reporting and incidence of domestic violence during the lockdown."

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NBER Working Paper No. 27562; National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper No. 27562
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2020-07
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2020 Saravana Ravindran and Manisha Shah. Posted here with permission. Documents are for personal use only and not for commercial profit.
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National Bureau of Economic Research: https://www.nber.org/
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