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The Impacts of Education, Adverse Childhood Experience, and Nativity on Intimate Partner Violence

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  • Alexander Henke

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  • Lin-chi Hsu

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This paper tested an implication of household bargaining theory, that women with higher human capital experience less intimate partner violence. Relying on a single source of income imposes a barrier to leaving an abusive relationship. Women with higher human capital are better equipped to leave a relationship, which allows them to tolerate less violence in a relationship. Using a California health survey dataset, we found that more educated women were less likely to experience spousal violence. We used the detailed nature of the data to control for commonly omitted variables such as adverse childhood experiences. In addition, we found that the effect of education on intimate partner violence varied by nativity (US-born vs. foreign-born) and was smaller for foreign-born women. Drawing from the literature on the returns to education by race, we hypothesized that foreign-born women have a lower return on human capital, which in turn moderated the effect of education on household bargaining power.

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  • Alexander Henke & Lin-chi Hsu, 2018. "The Impacts of Education, Adverse Childhood Experience, and Nativity on Intimate Partner Violence," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Springer, vol. 39(2), pages 310-322, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jfamec:v:39:y:2018:i:2:d:10.1007_s10834-017-9549-0
    DOI: 10.1007/s10834-017-9549-0
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    Keywords

    Intimate partner violence; Nativity; Returns to education; Adverse childhood experience;
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    JEL classification:

    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination

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