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Conditional Cash Transfers for Women and Spousal Violence: Evidence of the Long-Term Relationship from the Oportunidades Program in Rural Mexico
May 20, 2015Poverty and Applied Microeconomics Seminar Series

Gustavo Bobonis will present the results of recent research.

Speaker: Gustavo Bobonis is an Associate Professor of Economics at Toronto University. More »

Abstract: This paper provides evidence of the long-term relationship between male-to-female spousal violence and the Oportunidades conditional cash transfer program. We use data from three nationally representative surveys that include detailed information on the prevalence of spousal abuse and threats of violence against women. Constructing comparable groups of beneficiary and non-beneficiary households within each village to minimize potential selection biases, we find that – in contrast to the short-run estimates – physical and emotional abuse rates do not vary significantly among existing beneficiary and non-beneficiary couples. We examine possible mechanisms for the discrepancy in the short and long-term impacts of the program; most importantly, the role that marital selection and the diffusion of norms rejecting intimate partner violence may play in explaining these effects.

Paper: Conditional Cash Transfers for Women and Spousal Violence: Evidence of the Long-Term Relationship from the Oportunidades Program in Rural Mexico

 

Last Updated: May 14, 2015

The Poverty and Applied Micro Seminar Series is a weekly series hosted by the World Bank's research department. The series invites leading researchers in applied microeconomics from the fields of poverty, human development and public service delivery, agriculture and rural development, political economy, behavioral economics, private sector development, and a range of other fields to present the results of their most recent research in a seminar format. The full list of seminars can be viewed here.

Event Details
  • Date: May 20, 2015
  • Location: World Bank Headquarters, MC3-570
  • Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
  • CONTACT: Anna Bonfield
  • abonfield@worldbank.org