Public Transfers and Domestic Violence: The Roles of Private Information and Spousal Control

  title={Public Transfers and Domestic Violence: The Roles of Private Information and Spousal Control},
  author={Gustavo J. Bobonis and Melissa Gonz{\'a}lez-Brenes and Roberto Castro},
  journal={American Economic Journal: Economic Policy},
Existing economic theories of the family suggest that public transfer programs in which funds are targeted to women, by improving women’s bargaining position in the household, may decrease the incidence of spousal abuse. We study this prediction empirically using data from a unique survey in Mexico to examine the impact of the Oportunidades conditional cash transfer program on spousal abuse rates and threats of violence. We find that although women in beneficiary households are 33 percent less… 

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