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For Better or for Worse?: Education and the Prevalence of Domestic Violence in Turkey

Bilge Erten () and Pinar Keskin ()

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2018, vol. 10, issue 1, 64-105

Abstract: We exploit a change in the compulsory schooling law in Turkey to estimate the causal effects of education on the prevalence of domestic violence. By adopting a regression discontinuity design, we find that the reform increased women's schooling by one year to one-and-a-half years and improved their labor market outcomes, with particularly strong effects for women raised in rural areas. The increase in education among rural women led to an increase in self-reported psychological violence and financial control behavior, without changes in physical violence, partner characteristics, or women's attitudes towards such violence.

JEL-codes: I21 I28 J12 J16 J24 O15 O18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
Note: DOI: 10.1257/app.20160278
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