The effect of marital endowments on domestic violence in India

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Abstract

Numerous studies have documented a relationship between income and wealth of a woman and domestic violence. One such factor that could potentially impact domestic violence is the gold endowment a woman receives at the time of marriage. India presents a unique setting in which to test this relationship as, despite being unlawful, both dowry practices and domestic violence continue to prevail. As actual marital endowments may endogenously affect spousal match quality, I use the deviation of the price of gold at the time of marriage from its long-term trend as a source of exogenous variation to proxy for initial marital endowment and examine its effect on domestic violence. Results show a positive and significant effect of an unusually high price of gold at the time of marriage on domestic violence.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102389
JournalJournal of Development Economics
Volume143
ISSN0304-3878
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020

Keywords

  • Domestic violence
  • Dowry
  • Intra-household bargaining

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