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Does economic empowerment protect women against domestic violence? Evidence from the Philippines

  • S. Quimbo
  • X. Javier

    (School of Economics, University of the Philippines Diliman)

Using data from the 2008 National Demographic and Health Survey, we ask whether women's economic empowerment -defined alternatively as having the ability to decide on (i) daily needs, (ii) major purchases, and (iii) spending own income - protects women against domestic violence. Using a simple model of choice of conflict resolution technology among spouses, we find evidence that economic empowerment protects women in a non-linear way. Low and high levels of empowerment reduce the likelihood of women experiencing domestic violence, possibly reflecting traditional gender roles in Philippine society.

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Paper provided by University of the Philippines School of Economics in its series UP School of Economics Discussion Papers with number 201305.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2013
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Publication status: Published as UPSE Discussion Paper No. 2013-05, July 2013
Handle: RePEc:phs:dpaper:201305
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