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Tiffin Talks | Reducing crime against women: Are alcohol sale restrictions effective?

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Is complete ban on alcohol a feasible solution?

There is an established link between alcohol consumption and propensity to commit crime. But the causal nature of this relationship has been circumspect due to presence of unobserved variables that influence both behaviours. In India, there has been a recent spate of electoral promises by political parties to regulate liquor sale. Kerala began with a phase wise prohibition of alcohol in 2014 and later Bihar imposed a blanket ban on consumption of liquor in 2016. But are these legislations effective in reducing violence against women and what is the nature of crimes these affect? Kanika Mahajan seeks to answer this question by examining the effect of regulations in Kerala on reported cases of violence against women.

Speaker Profile: Kanika Mahajan is an Assistant Professor in Economics at Ashoka University. Previously, she taught at the School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi. Her primary research interests include empirical development economics in the field of gender, agriculture, labour and environment.

 

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