Sofia Trommlerova: The Effect of Girls’ Schooling on Their Mothers’ Attitudes Towards Domestic Violence

We estimate the intergenerational spillover effects of children’s education on their mothers’ attitudes towards domestic violence in Turkey. To identify the causal effect of children’s education, we exploit a reform that took place in Turkey in 1997 and expanded compulsory schooling from 5 to 8 years. Using a regression discontinuity design based on monthly birth cohorts and data from the 2008 Turkey Demographic and Health Survey, we show that mothers whose daughters were affected by the reform (which provided them more schooling) are 17 percentage points less likely to find domestic violence justified. Examining the potential mechanisms behind this effect, we find suggestive evidence that mothers are reacting to the increase in domestic violence that resulted from the rise in their daughters’ schooling.

Organised by Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy

Thu 2 November 2017 12:30 to 13:30

Venue Leeuwenborch, gebouwnummer 201
Room C82