Extreme Temperature and Extreme Violence Across Age and Gender: Evidence from Russia

45 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2019

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Vladimir Otrachshenko

New University of Lisbon - Nova School of Business and Economics

Olga Popova

Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS); Charles University in Prague - CERGE-EI (Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute); Graduate School of Economics and Management, Ural Federal University

José Tavares

Nova School of Business and Economics - Universidade Nova de Lisboa ; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: September 2019

Abstract

We examine the relationship between extreme temperatures and violent mortality across Russian regions, with implications for the social costs of climate change. We assess the unequal impact of temperature shocks across gender and age groups by exploring a dataset on temperature and violence in Russia, between the years 1989 and 2015. Hot days lead to an increase in both female and male victims, one hot day resulting in the loss of 1,579 person-years of life for men, and 642 for women. However, the likelihood of victimization during weekends rises noticeably for women, with women between 25 and 59 more victimized on weekends. Our results suggest that female victimization on hot days would be mitigated by increases in regional income and job opportunities, and on cold days, by decreasing the consumption of spirits.

Keywords: Extreme Temperatures, Gender Homicide, Russia, Violence

JEL Classification: I14, K42, P52, Q54

Suggested Citation

Otrachshenko, Vladimir and Popova, Olga and Tavares, José, Extreme Temperature and Extreme Violence Across Age and Gender: Evidence from Russia (September 2019). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP13989, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3464516

Vladimir Otrachshenko (Contact Author)

New University of Lisbon - Nova School of Business and Economics ( email )

Campus de Campolide
Lisbon, 1099-032
Portugal

Olga Popova

Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) ( email )

Landshuter Str. 4
Regensburg, 93047
Germany

Charles University in Prague - CERGE-EI (Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute) ( email )

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7 Politickych veznu
Prague 1, 111 21
Czech Republic

HOME PAGE: http://www.cerge-ei.cz

Graduate School of Economics and Management, Ural Federal University ( email )

Yekaterinburg
Russia

José Tavares

Nova School of Business and Economics - Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Campus de Carcavelos
Rua da Holanda, 1
Lisboa, 2775-405
Portugal
+351 21 380 1669 (Phone)
+351 21 388 9073 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://josetavares.pt

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

London
United Kingdom

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