Absent Laws and Missing Women: Can Domestic Violence Legislation Reduce Female Mortality?

37 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016

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Mohammad Amin

World Bank - Enterprise Analysis Unit

Asif Islam

World Bank - Development Economics Group (DEC)

Augusto Lopez-Claros

World Bank - Financial and Private Sector Development

Date Written: April 5, 2016

Abstract

This study contributes to the literature on legal institutions and determinants of adult mortality. The paper explores the relationship between the presence of domestic violence legislation and women-to-men adult mortality rates. Using panel data for about 95 economies between 1990 and 2012, the analysis finds that having domestic violence legislation leads to lower women-to-men adult mortality rates. According to conservative estimations, domestic violence legislation would have saved about 33 million women between 1990 and 2012. The negative relationship between domestic violence legislation and women-to-men adult mortality rates is robust to several checks and also confirmed using the instrumental variables approach.

Keywords: Judicial System Reform, Social Policy, Gender and Health, Gender and Social Development, Law and Gender, Regulatory Regimes, Legislation, Anthropology, Social Cohesion, Legal Products, Legal Reform

Suggested Citation

Amin, Mohammad and Islam, Asif Mohammed and Lopez Claros, Augusto, Absent Laws and Missing Women: Can Domestic Violence Legislation Reduce Female Mortality? (April 5, 2016). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7622. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2759638

Mohammad Amin (Contact Author)

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Asif Mohammed Islam

World Bank - Development Economics Group (DEC) ( email )

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Augusto Lopez Claros

World Bank - Financial and Private Sector Development ( email )

United States

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