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Dowry Deaths: Consumption Smoothing in Response to Climate Variability in India

  • Sheetal Sekhri

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  • Adam Storeygard

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We examine the e ect of rainfall shocks on crimes against women using data from 583 Indian districts for 2002-2007. We nd that a one standard deviation decline in annual rainfall from the local mean increases reported domestic violence by 4.4 percent and dowry deaths by 7.8 percent. Wet shocks have no apparent e ect. These patterns are consistent with consumption smoothing by households relying on agriculture, but inconsistent with hypotheses emphasizing general unrest. Women's political representation in the national parliament has no apparent mitigating e ect.

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Paper provided by University of Virginia, Department of Economics in its series Virginia Economics Online Papers with number 407.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2013
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Handle: RePEc:vir:virpap:407
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