Income shocks and domestic violence : evidence from Nepal

Abstract : This paper aims at determining the main causes and triggers of domestic violence in the country of Nepal. It explains how economic factors may outweigh cultural beliefs in their weight on domestic violence. For this purpose, I study the impact of an income shock on domestic violence. To prevent possible bias arising from endogeneity, income shocks are instrumented with rainfall shocks. The results show that physical, sexual and emotional violence appear indeed to be determined by changes in a household's economic status. However, the more important factors impacting domestic violence turn out to be characteristics of women in the household and in society : women's decision making power, education and employment status. These results confirm and reinforce the crucial role of women in the process of development. Furthermore, the results hint at policy advice towards addressing domestic violence indirectly. Policies promoting income stability, aiming at gender equality in education and on the labor market, as well as stricter laws on alcohol consumption, can help enhancing the efficiency of direct policies.
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Economies and finances. 2015
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Alexia Lochmann. Income shocks and domestic violence : evidence from Nepal. Economies and finances. 2015. 〈dumas-01355254〉



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