Having a Daughter Reduces Male Violence Against a Partner

By Vilde Blomhoff Pedersen

19 January 2020 15:06

(updated: 19 January 2020 20:10)

Having a Daughter Reduces Male Violence Against a Partner

New working paper by Vincent Somville, titled "Having a Daughter Reduces Male Violence Against a Partner".

ABSTRACT

In a global sample of around 310,000 couples, men whose firstborn child is a girl (instead of a boy) are 10 percent less likely to strangle their partner each year. The probability that they kick, punch, or slap her also decreases by about 4 percent. These are causal effects under the assumption that the sex of the firstborn child is exogenous. Intimate partner violence has enormous costs, but is not yet fully understood. This paper reveals the importance of having daughters in regard to curbing male violence. It also contributes to the burgeoning literature on how children influence their parents.

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