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Women's Wealth and Intimate Partner Violence: Insights from Ecuador and Ghana
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Women's Wealth and Intimate Partner Violence: Insights from Ecuador and Ghana

Author: Abena D Oduro; Carmen Diana Deere; Zachary B Catanzarite
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication:Feminist Economics, v21 n2 (April 2015): 1-29
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ABSTRACTIntimate partner violence (IPV) by men against their partners is one of the most glaring indicators of women's lack of empowerment. Drawing upon the 2010 Ecuador Household Asset Survey (EAFF) and the 2010 Ghana Household Asset Survey (GHAS), nationally representative surveys for Ecuador and Ghana, respectively, this study investigates the relationship between women's ownership of assets and physical and  Read more...
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: Abena D Oduro; Carmen Diana Deere; Zachary B Catanzarite
ISSN:1354-5701
DOI: 10.1080/13545701.2014.997774
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 5799026501
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ABSTRACTIntimate partner violence (IPV) by men against their partners is one of the most glaring indicators of women's lack of empowerment. Drawing upon the 2010 Ecuador Household Asset Survey (EAFF) and the 2010 Ghana Household Asset Survey (GHAS), nationally representative surveys for Ecuador and Ghana, respectively, this study investigates the relationship between women's ownership of assets and physical and emotional abuse by spouses against currently partnered women over the previous twelve months. It uses the value of a woman's total assets compared to those of her partner as the main proxy for a woman's bargaining power. Differentiating between physical and emotional violence in both countries, the study finds that women's share of couple wealth is significantly associated with lower odds of physical violence in Ecuador and emotional violence in Ghana. Moreover, the association between women's share of couple wealth and IPV is contingent on the household's position in the wealth distribution.
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