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PAPERS

Publications and Working Papers

VIOLENCE AND BIRTH OUTCOMES: EVIDENCE FROM HOMICIDES IN BRAZIL

This paper uses microdata from Brazilian vital statistics on births and deaths between 2000 and 2010 to estimate the impact of in-utero exposure to local violence – measured by homicide rates – on birth outcomes. The estimates show that exposure to violence during the first trimester of pregnancy leads to a small but precisely estimated increase in the risk of low birthweight and prematurity. Effects are found both in small municipalities, where homicides are rare, and in large municipalities, where violence is endemic, and are particularly pronounced among children of poorly educated mothers, implying that violence compounds the disadvantage that these children already suffer as a result of their households' lower socioeconomic status.

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Data: ZIP

Code: ZIP

VIOLENCE AND HUMAN CAPITAL INVESTMENTS 

Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner & Livia Menezes

In this paper, we investigate the effect of exposure to homicides on the educational performance and human capital investments of students in Brazil. We combine extremely granular information on the location and timing of homicides with a number of very large administrative educational datasets, to estimate the effect of exposure to homicides around schools, students' residence, and on their way to school on these outcomes. We show that violence has a detrimental effect on school attendance, on standardised test scores in math and Portuguese language and increases dropout rates of students substantially. The effects are particularly pronounced for boys, indicating important heterogeneous effects of violence. We use exceptionally rich information from student- and parent-background questionnaires to investigate the effect of violence on the aspirations and attitudes towards education. In line with the effects on dropout and the longer-term human capital accumulation of students, we find that boys systematically report lower educational aspiration towards education. Making use of the very rich information from the homicides and education data, we explore a number of underlying transmission channels, including mechanisms related to school supply, bereavement and incentives for human capital investments.

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Feature: IZA Newsroom

ESTIMATING THE EFFECT OF CRIMINAL VICTIMISATION ON BIRTH OUTCOMES.

Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner & Livia Menezes

We study the effect of individual criminal victimisation in robbery and theft on birth outcomes using a unique dataset from Brazil combining information on birth records with information on criminal victimization . We find that victimisation in robbery during the first trimester reduces birthweight substantially, by about 60 grams (10 percent of a standard deviation in birthweight) and increases the likelihood for low birthweight by about 40 percent compared to the baseline. The results are robust to the inclusion of place of residence, hospital and time fixed effects and to the inclusion of a very large array of mother and pregnancy characteristics. We also show that victimisation leads to a substantial increase in fetal deaths and a positive selection of live births, hence likely providing a lower bound of the estimated effects on birthweight. Using the very rich information on victimization and health at birth we shed light on the mechanism underlying the estimated relationship.

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Ongoing projects:

Crime and Productivity (Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner & Livia Menezes)

Homicides and House Prices (Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner & Livia Menezes)

Violence and Political Outcomes (Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner, Aline Menezes & Livia Menezes)

Violence and Health Outcomes (Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner & Livia Menezes)

Other related work:

The Impact of Household Shocks on Domestic Violence: Evidence from Tanzania  (Olukorede Abiona & Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner)

Project 360: An intervention to address victim-police engagement in repeat domestic violence cases (Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner, Jesse Matheson & Reka Plugor)

 

TEAM

MARTIN FOUREAUX KOPPENSTEINER

Associate professor in economics

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Collaborators:

Prof. Marco Manacorda, Queen Mary University of London & LSE

Dr Aline Menezes, UFRJ

Map development: Tomislav Bacinger

Funding:

British Academy

Inter-American Development Bank

Global Challenges Research Fund 

DATA

Coming soon

 
 

School of Economics

University of Surrey

Guildford

Surrey

GU2 7XH 

 UK

CONTACT

Corresponding author:

Dr Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner

e: martin@koppensteiner.info