Journal article

Theoretical Underpinnings and Meta-analysis of the Effects of Cash Transfers on Intimate Partner Violence in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

V Baranov, L Cameron, D Contreras Suarez, C Thibout

Journal of Development Studies | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2021


The number of studies examining the effects of cash transfer (CT) programs on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) has rapidly grown over the last decade. Depending on how violence is modelled, CTs could either increase, decrease or have an ambiguous effect on violence. This paper provides a survey of the theoretical and quantitative empirical literature on the effects of CTs on IPV. We place the existing theories in the context of an overarching model of household bargaining. We then review the empirical evidence for low- and middle-income countries. The bulk of the empirical evidence suggests that CTs either are associated with a decrease in IPV or no effect on average. Some studies however rep..

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Awarded by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Government of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

An initial version of this paper was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Government of Australia (grant number 73490). The views expressed in this paper are the authors' alone and are not necessarily the views of the Australian Government.