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Unintended Consequences of Lockdowns: COVID-19 and the Shadow Pandemic

Saravana Ravindran, Manisha Shah

NBER Working Paper No. 27562
Issued in July 2020, Revised in September 2020
NBER Program(s):Development Economics, Health Economics

Violence against women is a problem worldwide, with economic costs ranging from 1-4% of global GDP. Using variation in the intensity of government-mandated lock-downs in India, we show that domestic violence complaints increase 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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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w27562

 
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