Domestic Abuse: Instrumental Violence and Economic Incentives

26 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2011

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Dan Anderberg

University of London, Royal Holloway College - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Helmut Rainer

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute

Date Written: December 19, 2011

Abstract

A large fraction of domestically abused women report that their partners interfere with their participation in education and employment. As of yet, mainstream economics has not dealt in any systematic way with this phenomenon and its implications for welfare policy. This paper puts forward a theoretical framework that rationalizes why men may use violence 'instrumentally' to prevent their partners from entering employment or from increasing hours of work. The model predicts a non-monotonic relationship between the gender wage gap and domestic violence. We explore the implication of this result in the context of various welfare policies. There are unlikely to be any magic bullets or one-size-fit-all solutions when it comes to reducing the incidence of domestic violence. Instead, specific measures and incentives may have to be targeted at different types of households.

Keywords: instrumental partner-violence, non-cooperative family decision-making, welfare policy

JEL Classification: J120, J220, D190

Suggested Citation

Anderberg, Dan and Rainer, Helmut, Domestic Abuse: Instrumental Violence and Economic Incentives (December 19, 2011). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3673, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1974401

Dan Anderberg

University of London, Royal Holloway College - Department of Economics ( email )

Royal Holloway College
Egham
Surrey, Surrey TW20 0EX
United Kingdom

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

Helmut Rainer (Contact Author)

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, 01069
Germany

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