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Marital Violence and Women's Employment and Property Status: Evidence from North Indian Villages

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  • Bhattacharyya, Manasi
  • Bedi, Arjun S.
  • Chhachhi, Amrita

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Summary Dominant development policy approaches recommend women's employment on the grounds that it facilitates their well-being. However, empirical work on the relationship between women's employment status and well-being as measured by freedom from marital violence yields ambiguous results. Motivated by the ambiguity, this paper uses data from Uttar Pradesh, to examine the effect of women's employment and asset status as measured by their participation in paid work and house ownership, respectively, on spousal violence. Unlike the existing literature, we treat women's work status as endogenous and find that engagement in paid work and house ownership, are associated with reductions in violence.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

Volume (Year): 39 (2011)
Issue (Month): 9 (September)
Pages: 1676-1689

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Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:39:y:2011:i:9:p:1676-1689

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  1. Swaminathan, Hema & Lahoti, Rahul & Suchita, J. Y., 2012. "Women’s Property, Mobility, and Decisionmaking: Evidence from Rural Karnataka, India:," IFPRI discussion papers 1188, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  2. Menon, Nidhiya & van der Meulen Rodgers, Yana & Nguyen, Huong, 2014. "Women’s Land Rights and Children’s Human Capital in Vietnam," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 54(C), pages 18-31.
  3. Canavire Bacarreza, Gustavo Javier & Rios-Avila, Fernando, 2010. "Domestic Violence and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from a Mixed-Race Developing Country," IZA Discussion Papers 5273, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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