Impact of Media on Domestic Violence Norms: Evidence from India
28 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2013
Date Written: March 9, 2013
Greater access to media may influence norms about domestic violence. It may lead to greater acceptance of violence (due to an increase in the incidence of violence) or to lower acceptance due to a change in gender norms. Applying a difference-in-differences methodology to the NFHS, India (1998-99 and 2005-06), we find evidence that switching into regularly accessing television and radio over time has a small but statistically significant association with reduction in the probability of women accepting domestic violence. This suggests that increasing access to media may lead to greater empowerment of women in India.
Keywords: Domestic violence norms, Battered women, Media, India
JEL Classification: O1, D74
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