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A Drop of Love? Rainfall Shocks and Spousal Abuse: Evidence from Rural Peru

Díaz, Juan-José and Saldarriaga, Victor (2020): A Drop of Love? Rainfall Shocks and Spousal Abuse: Evidence from Rural Peru.

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Abstract

We investigate whether the exposure to rainfall shocks affects the experience of physical intimate partner violence by women in rural areas of the Peruvian Andes. Using data from the Demographic and Health Surveys over the period 2005-2014, we track changes in women's experience of physical intimate partner violence following the exposure to rainfall shocks during the cropping season in the municipality. Our results indicate that the prevalence of physical intimate partner violence increases by 65 percent after the occurrence of events of drought, but not flood, during the cropping season. We argue, based on further results, that this effect is mediated by increased poverty-related stress and reduced female empowerment caused by rainfall shocks.

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