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This paper evaluates the impact of Sumaq Warmi, a program that provided educational training on human rights and violence against women and children to female village banking clients in rural Peru. Within the experimental sample of banks chosen, the treatment was cluster-randomized at the village level. Two years after the intervention started, effects are not found on women’s perceptions of social norms or their attitudes towards violence. The intervention does not reduce domestic violence either. However, the treatment leads to greater awareness of violence-related resources available to women and a greater probability of perceiving their partners as more controlling. The paper also finds an impact on women’s land ownership and titling as well as their propensity to talk to a neighbor about family relationships. The treatment did not alter parental attitudes or disciplinary behavior towards children. All in all, the evidence reported here suggests that short-lived one-sided policies are not sufficient to reduce exposure to violence.
This paper focuses on fertility choices in Brazil, a country where soap operas (novelas) portray families that are much smaller than in reality, to study the effects of television on individual behavior. Using Census data for the period 1970-1991, the paper finds that women living in areas covered by the Globo signal have significantly lower fertility. The effect is strongest for women of lower so ... (View publication)
This paper uses seven nationally representative time use surveys in Latin America to identify key stylized facts regarding the quantity and quality of parental time investment on the skill formation of their children. Traditional models of household behavior have failed to account for the differential behavior of parents with respect to skill formation of their children vis-à-vis home production. ... (View publication)
This paper surveys evidence on discrimination in Latin America and shows that there is a widespread perception of discrimination, especially against the poor, the uneducated and those who lack connections. The channels through which discrimination occurs may be built on the basis of economic factors. However, while perception surveys may be informative, they are less than ideal at helping pinpoint ... (View publication)
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