Women's empowerment and domestic abuse: Experimental Check tot evidence from Vietnam

Erwin Bulte, Robert Lensink*

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Abstract

Intimate partner violence is an important global health problem that policy makers seek to address by a variety of interventions, including efforts to promote "women's empowerment." We use data from a randomized control trial in Vietnam and find that this strategy may backfire: women who participated in a gender and entrepreneurship training program suffer more frequent abuse than women in the control group. We conjecture that increased female income is the mechanism linking the training program to domestic violence. We also make a methodological contribution and show that the outcomes of our impact analysis depend on how we measure intimate partner violence. (C) 2019 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-191
Number of pages20
JournalEuropean Economic Review
Volume115
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun-2019

Keywords

  • Spousal violence
  • Gender training
  • Domestic abuse
  • INTIMATE-PARTNER VIOLENCE
  • GENDER
  • PREVENTION
  • TRANSFERS
  • RISK
  • RANDOMIZATION
  • COUNTRIES
  • MARRIAGE
  • INCOME
  • ROLES

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