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The Microeconomics of Domestic Violence: empiricall evidence from Medellín


  • Jorge Barrientos Marín
  • Daniel Salinas
  • Carlos Molina

    (Universidad de Antioquia)


in this paper we are interested in investigating the determinants of domestic violence. For this goal, we consider that many intra-household choices (on good consumption or choices among a set of alternatives) taken by single individuals produces negative externalities and conflict, which may generates events of violence. From theoretical point of view, this paper shows us how the choices of the so-called assailant, have negative impacts on victim’s welfare or utility. In addition, by performing discrete choice models, we show that socioeconomic factors like alcohol consumption and leisure (among others) increases the probability of events of violence.

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  • Jorge Barrientos Marín & Daniel Salinas & Carlos Molina, 2013. "The Microeconomics of Domestic Violence: empiricall evidence from Medellín," Grupo Microeconomía Aplicada 61, Universidad de Antioquia, Departamento de Economía.
  • Handle: RePEc:lde:grupom:061

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    domestic violence; choices; externalities; conflict; victim; assailant; discrete choice model; marginal effect;

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