Feb 13, 2012

Economic consequences of sexual abuse

We use data from the first wave of the new Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) which is a nationally-representative survey of people aged 50 and over. We find that male victims of CSA [childhood sexual abuse] are almost four times more likely to be out of the labour force due to sickness and disability.
That is from the abstract of the paper "Childhood Sexual Abuse and Later-Life Economic Consequences" by Barrett and Kamiya.
The common sexual abuses in Haiti come to mind. One concern I have is that causality can run in both directions. Poverty can lead to CSA, and CSA can lead to poverty. The theme of the paper is innovative, however. 

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