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The Association Between Socio-Economic Characteristics and the Frequency of Wife Assault

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  • JoAnn Kingston-Riechers

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We estimate the impact of economic status on the frequency of domestic violence using several models and a large random sample. Tauchen, Witte and Long (1991) (TWL) find that both female and male income have a significant impact on the frequency of domestic abuse. We use a Zero Inflated Poisson model and a less self-selected sample of married women and find less evidence of a significant relationship between either female or male income and the frequency of abuse.

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  • JoAnn Kingston-Riechers, 1998. "The Association Between Socio-Economic Characteristics and the Frequency of Wife Assault," Department of Economics Working Papers 1998-06, McMaster University.
  • Handle: RePEc:mcm:deptwp:1998-06
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