Do Improved Property Rights Decrease Violence Against Women in India?

Sofia Amaral
2014 Social Science Research Network  
This paper uses the staggered implementation of a legal change in inheritance law in India to estimate the effect of women's improved access to inheritance on both police-reported and self-reported violence against women. I find a decrease in reported violence and female unnatural deaths following the amendments. Further, women eligible for inheritance are 17 percent less likely to be victims of domestic violence. These findings are explained by an improvement in husbands' behaviour and via
more » ... haviour and via better marriage market negotiations. However, I find little evidence of changes in women's participation in decision-making.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.2504579 fatcat:ap3xvpuhsvfgjilpzih4rkrhda