Women’s Political Representation and Intimate Partner Violence
Agricultural and Applied Economics
Thursday, March 9, 2023
3:45 pm-5:00 pm
Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Recent studies demonstrate that female leaders can improve gender-specific outcomes along multiple dimensions through better provision of public goods and legislative changes that benefit women. Using quasi-random exposure to female leaders in India, we show that there may also be an unintended effect: an increase in rural women's reported experience of physical spousal abuse. We find that a plausible channel underlying this effect is an increase in women's modern contraceptive use - potentially resulting from improvements in public provision of health services - which leads to marital conflict, especially when the husband's son preference is stronger than the wife's.