The economic costs of violence

Phaedra Corso and Nathaniel H. Taylor

in Oxford Textbook of Violence Prevention

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Published in print November 2014 | ISBN: 9780199678723
Published online November 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191758171 | DOI:

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The economic costs of violence

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Violence has an economic impact on individuals, communities, and society as a whole. This impact is important to measure because it allows one to compare the costs of interventions and policies targeting violence to the potential economic benefits of preventing the consequences of violence. However, the economic impact of violence can be difficult to measure because existing literature varies greatly in methodology and terminology. Differences such as the definition of violence and types of cost categories included can render studies incomparable. Given these and other challenges in assessing the costs of violence, future research is needed to determine the population attributable fraction of violence to other health conditions and its economic impact; estimate the impact that violence has on the productivity of victims, perpetrators, and the community; develop incidence-based models of the trajectory of violence outcomes and their costs; and quantify the impact that violence has on quality of life.

Chapter.  4909 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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