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The gender wage gap, weather, and intimate partner violence

Alexander Henke and Lin-chi Hsu ()
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Alexander Henke: Howard University
Lin-chi Hsu: Howard University

Review of Economics of the Household, 2020, vol. 18, issue 2, No 7, 413-429

Abstract: Abstract Two theories of intimate partner violence (IPV) have differing predictions on how women’s bargaining power affects rates of IPV. If an abuser enjoys and “pays” for IPV (expressive violence), bargaining power reduces rates of IPV. But if violence is a tool to increase bargaining power in the household (instrumental violence), a woman’s bargaining power may increase IPV. The existing evidence suggests that bargaining power decreases IPV on net. One way to reconcile these theories with the evidence is that both types of violence exist, and bargaining power especially reduces expressive violence. Using local variation in temperature, IPV police reports, and women’s labor market outcomes, we identify three key effects which together support this theory. First, we identify temperature-based violence as a type of expressive violence. Second, we find new evidence that a woman’s labor market opportunities shield her from IPV. Finally, we combine these analyses to show that a woman’s labor market opportunities specifically insulate her from temperature-based violence, providing evidence that bargaining power best protects women against expressive violence.

Keywords: Intimate partner violence; Domestic violence; Expressive violence; Violence against women; Gender wage gap; D1; J1; D6 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s11150-020-09483-1

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