Family Feuds: The effect of income shocks on domestic violence against women Thesis

short description

  • Master's thesis

Thesis author

  • Medina Pulido, María Paula

external tutor

  • Maldonado, Stanislao
  • Vargas, Juan F.


  • This paper studies the relationship between family income and domestic violence in a developing country. To do so, I focus on municipalities of Colombia with high levels of coffee production. Using negative shocks to coffee prices as an exogenous source of variation that impacts coffee-producing household income, I find that municipalities with more intensive coffee production experience an increase in domestic violence against women as a consequence of a negative income shock. In order to test the potential mechanisms, I estimate different heterogeneous effects that depict under which situations the shock intensifies. Using data at the individual level, I find analogous effects of a negative income shock for rural women who live in a municipality marked by intensive coffee production. Also, I find that a woman who has decision-making power within the household has a lower probability of being a victim of domestic violence when her household faced this type of shocks. This last result suggests that female empowerment is a mechanism to reduce violence targeted against women.

publication date

  • May 8, 2020 7:53 PM


  • Coffee production
  • Domestic violence
  • Income shocks
  • Rural women

Document Id

  • 30a1fd30-9002-4de4-9e2f-2f2900169827