Assistant Professor Bilge Erten's paper (joint with Pinar Keskin) "Does Knowledge Empower? Education, Legal Awareness and Intimate Partner Violence" has been accepted to Feminist Economics.
This paper uses an extension of compulsory schooling in Turkey to estimate the causal effects of education on women’s legal awareness of laws that were designed to reduce gender inequality and prevent domestic violence. By implementing a regression-discontinuity design, we find that the reform-induced increase in female education improved legal awareness. Women exposed to the reform were more likely to have heard about the new laws and services through newspapers, journals, or books. However, despite these improvements in women’s legal awareness, we find no evidence of a significant change in the risk of experiencing domestic violence or ability to quit abusive relationships.
Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs
Bilge Erten is an Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs and a Faculty Scholar at the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research at Northeastern University. She is a Visiting Associate Professor at the Institute for E…