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The Blow of Domestic Violence on Children's Health Outcomes

Jofre-Bonet, M., Rossello-Roig, M. & Serra-Sastre, V. (2016). The Blow of Domestic Violence on Children's Health Outcomes (16/02). London, UK: Department of Economics, City University London.


This article unravels the effect of Domestic Violence on children’s health production function. Drawing results from the UK Millennium Cohort Study, we find that there is a strong negative externality of household violence on children’s health outcomes. Simultaneity between child health and Domestic Violence makes it difficult to identify a causal effect, so we use an instrumental approach to address the potential bias. Children living in a household in which there is Domestic Violence appear to be between 55% and 61% less likely to have their health rated as Excellent. Our results are robust and statistically significant across all specifications. Our paper not only sheds light on the negative impact of DV on children’s health but provides a robust quantification of this effect.

Publication Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Additional Information: Copyright 2016, the authors.
Publisher Keywords: Intimate Partner Abuse; Domestic Violence; Spill-over Effects; Semi-Ordered Recursive Probit; Bivariate Recursive Probit; Child Health Production Function
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Economics > Discussion Paper Series
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