Spousal Beliefs and Intimate Partner Violence: Are We Conditioned to Internalize Patriarchal Norms?
Posted: 9 Sep 2020
Date Written: August 4, 2020
We examine the effect of spousal beliefs about violence as a justified behaviour on the incidence of intimate partner violence using nationally representative survey data for India. Utilizing an Instrumental Variable approach, we exploit the plausibly exogenous variation in individual's exposure to parental violence as instruments to identify the causal effects. We find that women's inherent beliefs puts them at a greater risk of IPV in a marriage than men's beliefs. Furthermore, the marginal effect of a woman's beliefs appear to be independent of what her spouse feels.
Keywords: Beliefs, attitudes, social norms, intimate partner violence, India
JEL Classification: C26, D1, J12, J16
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