Early in the COVID-19 outbreak, experts warned of increased violence against women and children (VAW/C). In China’s Jianli County, for example, the local police station reported receiving 162 reports of intimate partner violence in February—three times what was reported in February 2019. Existing research about pandemics and disease outbreaks unfortunately aligns with the increased violence stemming from COVID-19 and related response efforts.
With rigorous economic research and practical policy solutions, we focus on the issues and institutions that are critical to global development. Explore our core themes and topics to learn more about our work.