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Domestic Violence Against Rural Women in Colombia: The Role of Labor Income


  • Ana María Iregui-Bohórquez
  • María Teresa Ramírez-Giraldo
  • Ana María Tribín-Uribe


This paper analyzes the effect of women’s earnings on domestic violence in rural Colombia during the period 2009–2013. To this end, it builds an indicator of domestic violence against women at the municipal level, based on the number of visits of women who attended health facilities where a report on suspected domestic violence was issued by their physician, which overcomes the bias introduced by self-reporting victims. Results indicate that greater income generation by women in rural areas in most economic activities (coffee, fruits, commerce, and industry) decreases domestic violence, while in services, the opposite occurs. The latter could be the result of the mainly menial jobs women perform in this sector, which may be undervalued in their homes, thus making them more vulnerable. The study also finds that improvements in the municipality’s economic activity and access to education contribute to the reduction of domestic violence against women.

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  • Ana María Iregui-Bohórquez & María Teresa Ramírez-Giraldo & Ana María Tribín-Uribe, 2019. "Domestic Violence Against Rural Women in Colombia: The Role of Labor Income," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 25(2), pages 146-172, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:femeco:v:25:y:2019:i:2:p:146-172
    DOI: 10.1080/13545701.2019.1566752

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    1. Ana Tribin & Karen García-Rojas & Paula Herrera-Idarraga & Leonardo Fabio Morales & Natalia Ramirez-Bustamante, 2023. "Shecession: The Downfall of Colombian Women During the Covid-19 Pandemic," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 29(4), pages 158-193, October.
    2. Diaz Gutierrez, Julian, 2023. "Trade Effects on Substance Abuse: Evidence from Colombia's Liberalization," 2023 Annual Meeting, July 23-25, Washington D.C. 335460, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    3. Karen García-Rojas & Paula Herrera-Idárraga & Leonardo Fabio Morales & Natalia Ramírez-Bustamante & Ana María Tribín-Uribe, 2020. "(She)cession: The Colombian female staircase fall," Borradores de Economia 1140, Banco de la Republica de Colombia.

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