Family Business or Social Problem? The Cost of Unreported Domestic Violence

26 Pages Posted: 24 Jun 2010 Last revised: 5 Sep 2010

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Scott E. Carrell

University of California, Davis - Department of Economics

Mark Hoekstra

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 1, 2010

Abstract

Social interest in problems such as domestic violence is typically motivated by concerns regarding equity, rather than efficiency. However, we document that reporting domestic violence yields substantial benefits to external parties. Specifically, we find that while children exposed to as-yet-unreported domestic violence reduce the achievement of their classroom peers, these costs disappear completely once the parent reports the violence to the court. This suggests the public has an interest in helping families overcome their problems in general, and to report domestic violence in particular. It also suggests that social and judicial interventions may help combat negative peer effects in schools.

Keywords: Externalities, Domestic Violence, Education, Peer Effects

JEL Classification: J12, D62, I21

Suggested Citation

Carrell, Scott E. and Hoekstra, Mark, Family Business or Social Problem? The Cost of Unreported Domestic Violence (September 1, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1629872 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1629872

Scott E. Carrell

University of California, Davis - Department of Economics ( email )

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Mark Hoekstra (Contact Author)

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Economics ( email )

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230 S. Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.econ.pitt.edu/facpage.php?uid=108

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