The Effect of Alcohol Regulation on Violence Against Women: Evidence from India

WP 2015-4.0

Authors: Dara Lee Luca, Emily G. Owens, & Gunjan Sharma


We provide quasi-experimental evidence on the role of alcohol regulation on alcohol consumption and violence against women using detailed individual level and aggregate data from India, where state level laws generate substantial variation in the availability of alcohol across people of different ages. We find that men are more likely to drink when they are of legal drinking age, and that the wives of these men are substantially more likely to report being physically abused. We then extend our analysis to a longer panel data set of state level crime rates, and find that some evidence that higher state minimum legal drinking ages are associated with lower rates of reported crimes against women.

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