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Natural Disasters and Domestic Violence: A study of the 2015 Nepal earthquake

Arpita Khanna () and Tomoki Fujii ()
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Arpita Khanna: School of Economics, Singapore Management University

No 26-2020, Economics and Statistics Working Papers from Singapore Management University, School of Economics

Abstract: This study explores the link between exposure to an earthquake and the incidence of intimate partner violence using two rounds of Demographic and Health Surveys data in Nepal. Using a differences-in-differences estimation, we find that exposure to the earthquake lead to a statistically and economically significant increase in the incidence of intimate partner violence in urban areas, which is attributable to the increase in stress felt by the victims. We argue that the heterogeneity of the impact between the urban and rural areas would be partly due to the differences in the reconstruction processes and assistance provided.

Keywords: Earthquake; Stress; Intimate partner violence; Differences-in-differences; Gender (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J12 J16 Q54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 53 pages
Date: 2020-12-01
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