Domestic Violence, Strategic Behavior, and Ideological Rent-Seeking

20 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2006 Last revised: 5 Mar 2014

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F. E. Guerra-Pujol

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

Date Written: March 3, 2014

Abstract

This paper examines a number of empirical patterns, puzzles, and anomalies relating to the problem of domestic violence in Puerto Rico that heretofore have been overlooked in the scholarly literature. The author concludes that domestic violence legislation is the product of 'ideological rent-seeking' among issue-oriented pressure groups and, once enacted, often creates perverse incentives for strategic behavior.

Keywords: domestic violence, rent-seeking, strategic behavior

JEL Classification: K14, K42

Suggested Citation

Guerra-Pujol, F. E., Domestic Violence, Strategic Behavior, and Ideological Rent-Seeking (March 3, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=915929 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.915929

F. E. Guerra-Pujol (Contact Author)

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico ( email )

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