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Working paper

Female autonomy in household decision-making and intimate partner violence: evidence from Pakistan

Financial literacy Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Sustainable Development Goals Family violence Women Women economic conditions Pakistan

The aim of this study is to explore the links between female autonomy in household decision-making and intimate partner violence in a highly relevant, yet under-studied context - Pakistan.

Using a nationally representative dataset, and employing matching and partial identification estimation approaches, we show that an increase in female autonomy in household decision-making is associated with a decrease in the probability of experiencing intimate partner violence.

Moreover, female autonomy is also associated with lower tolerance for intimate partner violence.

The results call for a greater focus on female autonomy in policy efforts concerned with reducing intimate partner violence.

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Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre Working Paper 20/04