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Warrantless Arrest Laws for Domestic Violence: How Are Youth Affected?

Kabir Dasgupta
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Published Online: 2018-01-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bejeap-2017-0114


This study empirically examines the impact of warrantless arrest laws (designed to deter domestic violence) on multiple youth outcomes. Utilizing variation in the timing of implementation of the laws across states, and employing a difference in differences framework, we examine both the direct and indirect impacts on youth in the United States. There appears to be no significant direct link between warrantless arrest laws and domestic violence-related homicides. However, on the indirect front, we do find strong evidence that implementation of the arrest laws results in a drop in the probability of youth experiencing suicidal ideation. This analysis also accounts for important heterogeneities in laws across states, and our findings are robust to multiple sensitivity checks, aimed at addressing key threats to identification.

Keywords: domestic violence; warrantless arrest laws; homicide; youth; mental health; difference-in-differences

JEL Classification: I12; K36


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Citation Information: The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, Volume 18, Issue 1, 20170114, ISSN (Online) 1935-1682, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bejeap-2017-0114.

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