Paying for Violence? Spousal Abuse and Son Preference in India

Shatanjaya Dasgupta, Erin K. Fletcher
2018 Figshare  
We find a puzzling correlation in the data on domestic violence and children's outcomes in India. Using the 2005–2006 National Family and Health Survey, we see that girls in families experiencing spousal violence are less worse off than boys when only fathers report a son preference while the gender bias reverses when only mothers report having a son preference. To shed light on the puzzle in the data, we present a non-cooperative theoretical framework based in economic theories of domestic
more » ... ies of domestic violence, whereby differing parental son preference and bargaining over investments in girl and boy children potentially explains the observed relationship.
doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.5414551.v2 fatcat:taivv4ossbg3jln3bluhhjem4i