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Violence Against Women, Social Learning, and Deterrence


Hugo M. Mialon


Emory University - Department of Economics

Sue H. Mialon


Emory University

September 30, 2004



Abstract:     
We develop a simple model of sexual and domestic violence. By assumption, the potential victim's threat to report if she is victimized is not credible, which implies that the only sequential equilibrium involves violence. However, a realistic social learning process converges to a non-sequential equilibrium without violence from all nearby states if the expected punishment for offenders whose victims report to the police is sufficiently high. A policy to increase the sentences for sexual and domestic violence convictions could therefore substantially reduce such violence in the long run, even if it is powerless to make women's threats to report credible.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 21

Keywords: Violence, Learning, Deterrence

JEL Classification: K42

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Date posted: October 4, 2004  

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Mialon, Hugo M. and Mialon, Sue H., Violence Against Women, Social Learning, and Deterrence (September 30, 2004). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=598888 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.598888

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Emory University - Department of Economics ( email )
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Sue H. Mialon
Emory University ( email )
Department of Economics
1602 Fishburne Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30322
United States
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