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The Economics of Domestic Violence – Evidence from Bangladesh

Health & Psychology Bangladesh

Domestic violence decreases with income in Bangladesh; understanding why is key to identifying interventions. The project proposes a combination of surveys and lab-in-the-field experiments to investigate the motives for domestic violence. First, the research team will run a lab-in-the-field experiment in which a man can express his dissatisfaction with an anonymous woman using an annoying sound. This will allow the team to study whether men use punishment to deter or respond to certain wife behaviors and whether violence is driven by financial or reputation concerns. Second, the team will use vignettes about every-day situations to study the external relevance of the experiment for domestic violence.

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