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Rosella Calvi, Rice University

‘Til Dowry Do Us Part: Bargaining and Violence in Indian Families
When Mar 15, 2022
Where Tydings 2141K - BSOS Dean's Office Conference Room
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

We develop a non-cooperative bargaining model with incomplete information linking dowry payments, domestic violence, resource allocation between a husband and a wife, and separation. Our model generates several predictions, which we test empirically using amendments to the Indian anti-dowry law as a natural experiment. We document a decline in women’s decision-making power and separations, and a surge in domestic violence following the amendments. These unintended effects are attenuated when social stigma against separation is low and, in some circumstances, when gains from marriage are high. Whenever possible, parents increase investment in their daughters’ human capital to compensate for lower dowries.

About the Speaker

Rosella Calvi

Rossella Calvi is an Assistant Professor of Economics. She joined Rice University in 2016 after receiving her PhD from Boston College. Her areas of expertise are development economics, applied microeconomics, and labor. In June 2016, she received the UniCredit & Universities Best Paper Award on Gender Economics for her work "Why Are Older Women Missing in India? The Age Profile of Bargaining Power and Poverty”.

Her research focuses on issues related to gender inequality, poverty, health and education in developing countries. Some of her recent work looks at intra-household resource allocation in India and its effects on women’s health and poverty. She is also interested in economic history and studies the role that historical institutions play in determining contemporary outcomes.

Note: Change in Normal Day.  This seminar is on a Tuesday

Note:  Seminar is on a Tuesday and NOT on the typical Monday schedule and note location is in Tydings 2141K (BSOS Dean’s Office Conference Room). This will be held as an in-person seminar that will also be held hybrid.  For the best experience of the speaker, the balance towards in-person is preferred for all that are able.  Please therefore register using either the link for the in person RSVP or using the registration link for the virtual zoom meeting.  Same seminar, but please register for the method that you are able to attend. 

Location IN PERSON: in TYDINGS 2141K (BSOS Dean’s Office Conference Room).  We are requesting advanced registration so that we can track capacity.  Please use this link to RSVP.  Directions to Tydings 2141K:  Enter Tydings from the main entrance off of Morrill Quad.  Enter through the side main door off of Morrill Quad and go up the ½ flight of stairs as soon as you enter the building.  At the top of the ½ flight, enter the hallway through the doors and turn right.  Walk towards the end of the hall and on the left you will see a short hallway leading to the BSOS Dean’s Office.  The conference room will be on the right side within the Dean’s Office suite.

Location ONLINE VIA ZOOM: Online via Zoom - Zoom Link to Register . Upon registration you will receive an automatically generated email with the direct link for the seminar.


COVID-19 Information

MPRC public events for Spring 2022 will be a mix of in person and online via Zoom.  For in person events, all event attendees must follow current protocols

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