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Domestic Violence and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from a Mixed-Race Developing Country

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  • Canavire Bacarreza, Gustavo Javier

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    (Universidad EAFIT)

  • Rios-Avila, Fernando

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    (Georgia State University)

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This study investigates the heterogeneous effects of domestic violence over labor markets in an ethnically fragmented country such as Bolivia. Among developing countries, Bolivia “excels” in having one of the highest levels of domestic violence in the region. Anecdotal evidence and empirical evidence suggest that response to domestic violence is not homogeneous across different ethnic groups. Using information from the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) for Bolivia, we examine the heterogeneous impacts of domestic violence over one of the key labor market outcomes such as employment. We employ a probabilistic decision model and treatment regression techniques to examine this effect. We claim that the impact of domestic violence on labor markets is limited among indigenous people, given that violence is, to some extent, socially recognized and accepted. We find that for most of the cases, indigenous women are less responsive to domestic violence than non-indigenous ones, except for groups with a high income level. Our results are robust for alternative methodologies to address possible endogeneity problems.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5273.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2010
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5273

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Keywords: labor markets; domestic violence; Bolivia; indigenous;

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  1. Bhattacharyya, Manasi & Bedi, Arjun S. & Chhachhi, Amrita, 2011. "Marital Violence and Women's Employment and Property Status: Evidence from North Indian Villages," World Development, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 39(9), pages 1676-1689, September.
  2. Audra J. Bowlus & Shannon N. Seitz, 1998. "The Role of Domestic Abuse in Labor and Marriage Markets," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers, Tinbergen Institute 98-114/3, Tinbergen Institute.
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