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

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  • S. Quimbo
  • X. Javier

    (School of Economics, University of the Philippines Diliman)

Abstract

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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  • S. Quimbo & X. Javier, 2013. "Does economic empowerment protect women against domestic violence? Evidence from the Philippines," UP School of Economics Discussion Papers 201305, University of the Philippines School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:phs:dpaper:201305
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    1. Jamal, Haroon, 2017. "Explaining Spousal Physical Violence through Dimensions of Women Empowerment: Evidence from Pakistan," MPRA Paper 83414, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    Economic empowerment; domestic violence; Philippines;

    JEL classification:

    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination

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