An Empirical Analysis of the Social Costs of Domestic Violence Legislation in Puerto Rico
Barry University - Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law; Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
June 30, 2006
This paper examines a number of empirical patterns, puzzles, and anomalies relating to the problem of domestic violence in Puerto Rico that heretofore have been overlooked in the scholarly literature. The author concludes that domestic violence legislation is the product of 'ideological rent-seeking' among issue-oriented pressure groups and, once enacted, often creates perverse incentives for strategic behavior.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 20
Keywords: domestic violence, rent-seeking, strategic behavior
JEL Classification: K14, K42working papers series
Date posted: July 12, 2006 ; Last revised: July 14, 2010
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