Spousal Beliefs and Intimate Partner Violence: Are We Conditioned to Internalize Patriarchal Norms?

Posted: 9 Sep 2020

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Mehreen Mookerjee

Zayed University

Manini Ojha

Jindal School of Government and Public Policy, O. P. Jindal Global University

Sanket Roy

American University of Sharjah

Date Written: August 4, 2020

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Mookerjee, Mehreen and Ojha, Manini and Roy, Sanket, Spousal Beliefs and Intimate Partner Violence: Are We Conditioned to Internalize Patriarchal Norms? (August 4, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3666907

Mehreen Mookerjee (Contact Author)

Zayed University ( email )

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United Arab Emirates

Manini Ojha

Jindal School of Government and Public Policy, O. P. Jindal Global University ( email )

Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
O. P. Jindal Global University,Sonipat-Narela Road
SONIPAT, HARYANA 131001
India

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Sanket Roy

American University of Sharjah ( email )

PO Box 26666
Sharjah
United Arab Emirates

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