Domestic Violence, Employment, and Divorce
AbstractConventional wisdom suggests abused women get caught in a ‘cycle of violence’ and are unable or unwilling to leave their spouses. We estimate a model of domestic violence to determine who abuses, who is abused, and how women respond to abuse via employment and divorce. In contrast to conventional wisdom, abused women are 1.7 to 5.7 times more likely to divorce. Employment before abuse occurs is found to be a significant deterrent. For men, witnessing violence as a child is a strong predictor of abusive behavior: re-socializing men from violent homes lowers abuse rates by 26 to 48 percent.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Queen's University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1075.
Length: 60 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2005
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Publication status: Forthcoming in the International Economic Review
Domestic violence; divorce; marriage; employment;
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- O10 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
- J20 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - General
- J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
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