Caution! Men not at work: Gender-specific labor market conditions and child maltreatment Academic Article uri icon


  • 2018 Elsevier B.V. This paper examines the effect of labor market conditionsmeasured through unemployment, mass layoffs and predicted employmenton child maltreatment using county-level data from California. Using these indicators, we separately estimate the effects of overall and gender-specific economic shocks. We find only modest evidence of a link between overall economic conditions and child maltreatment. However, analysis by gender reveals robust evidence that maltreatment decreases with indicators for male employment and increases with indicators for female employment. These opposite-signed effects are consistent with a theoretical framework that builds on household-time-use models and is supported by an analysis of time-use data, though we discuss other mechanisms that may also play important roles.

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altmetric score

  • 24.28

author list (cited authors)

  • Lindo, J. M., Schaller, J., & Hansen, B.

citation count

  • 60

complete list of authors

  • Lindo, Jason M||Schaller, Jessamyn||Hansen, Benjamin

publication date

  • July 2018