Chris Blattman

When is violence against women good news?

Using state-level variation in the timing of political reforms, we find that an increase in female representation in local government induces a large and significant rise in documented crimes against women in India.

Our evidence suggests that this increase is good news, driven primarily by greater reporting rather than greater incidence of such crimes.

A new paper by Iyer, Mani, Mishra and Topalova.

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