Evidence from Mexico on Social Status and Violence against Women

Authored by: Yu Liu and Thomas Fullerton

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Economic Participation, Political Transitions, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Country: Mexico
Region: Latin America and the Caribbean
Year: 2015
Citation: Liu, Yu and Thomas Fullerton. “Evidence from Mexico on Social Status and Violence Against Women.” Applied Economics 47, no. 40 (2015): 4260-4274

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Executive Summary

This study investigates the impact of relative social status on violence against women in Mexico using state-level panel data. Relatively higher female social status, measured by educational, economic and political standings, is associated with lower homicide rates for women and lower intimate partner violence rates. More importantly, different status variables affect violence against women through different channels, depending on the victim–offender relationship. The results are robust to different specifications and different control variables. This study may provide helpful guidelines to policy-makers attempting to identify more effective means for deterring violence against women.