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Fishermen's wives: On the cultural origins of violence against women

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  • Vincent Leyaro
  • Pablo Selaya
  • Neda Trifkovi?

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We study the roots of violence against women, and propose that it partly originates in cultural norms that derive from (a) characteristics of the traditional subsistence problem in different societies, and (b) differences in the sexual division of labor for solving that problem in each society. We construct this hypothesis on economics and anthropology research showing the potential of traditional livelihoods to shape persistent cultural norms at the local level, and arguing that this concept can be extended to explain outcomes at the domestic level.

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  • Vincent Leyaro & Pablo Selaya & Neda Trifkovi?, 2017. "Fishermen's wives: On the cultural origins of violence against women," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2017-205, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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