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Intimate Partner Violence and Children's Human Capital: The Development of Socio-Emotional and Cognitive Skills in Early Years

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)


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IPV Exposure and Children's Human Capital Accumulation

When children witness intimate partner violence (IPV), they too become victims. The effect on children can be not only direct, but also indirect by affecting the interaction with their
mothers. The proposed research project will combine an internationally unique UK longitudinal cohort data resource with state-of-the-art dynamic human capital modelling to study the
short- and medium-run impact of exposure to IPV on children's cognitive and socio-emotional
development up to age seven, and the role of mothers' responses in this process.

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Research Workshop

A first project research workshop on Family Economics will be hosted in September 2023 joint with City University.

Dates: September 28-29

Invited speakers: Sonia Bhalotra and Gabriella Conti


Intimate Partner Violence and Children's Human Capital (with Alex Vickery and Gloria Moroni)

We use a dynamic latent factor structure and estimate the joint dynamic process of IPV exposure, parental investment, mother’s mental health and child skill development, allowing for static and dynamic complementarities between all inputs. We allow for both a direct effect of IPV —through the witnessing of abuse— and indirect effects via changes in parental investment and mother’s mental health. We find that the negative effect of IPV manifests earlier in childhood for cognitive skills whereas the long term effect is stronger for socio-emotional skills.


Gloria Moroni (Co-I)

Alex Vickery


British Academy Postdoctoral Researcher

Royal Holloway University of London

Postdoctoral Researcher

Erasmus University Rotterdam

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Dan Anderberg

Department of Economics
Royal Holloway University of London
Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX
United Kingdom

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