Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/177078
Authors: 
Bhalotra, Sonia R.
Kambhampati, Uma
Rawlings, Samantha
Siddique, Zahra
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 11274
Abstract: 
We examine the impact of business cycle variation on intimate partner violence using representative data from thirty one developing countries, through 2005 to 2016. We distinguish male from female unemployment rates, identifying the influence of each conditional upon the other. We find that a one percent increase in the male unemployment rate increases the incidence of physical violence against women by 0.50 percentage points, or 2.75 percent. This is consistent with the financial and psychological stress generated by unemployment. Increases in female unemployment rates (corresponding to decreases in women's employment opportunities), conditional upon rates of male unemployment reduce the incidence of violence; a one percent increase being associated with a decrease in the probability of victimization of 0.52 percentage points, or 2.87 percent. This is consistent with 'male backlash'. These patterns of behaviour are stronger among better educated women and weaker among women who have had at least one son.
Subjects: 
intimate partner violence
women's labour force participation
JEL: 
D19
J11
J12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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