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Evans Liberal Arts Building (ELA); 114
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Dr. Corey Sparks

Poverty and Female Homicide in Mexican Municipalities: A Bayesian Spatio-Temporal Analysis

Friday, March 9, 2018 | 3:00 pm | Evans Liberal Arts 114

The most condemnable expression of gender inequality is, without a doubt, violence against women, and the most extreme case of violence against women is homicide. Studies have shown a narrow relationship between poverty and violence. Using data from several official Mexican sources, we estimate Bayesian spatio-temporal generalized linear mixed models to understand the association between poverty and female homicide in Mexican municipios between 1990 and 2010. We find support for our research hypotheses that significant geographic clustering of female homicide exists in Mexico, and that the spatial patterns are persistent over time. Related to the risk of mortality, poverty shows significant associations, indicating support for our other hypothesis that poverty and female homicide are related, net of other controls, and that these effects are especially strong in remote areas with high poverty rates.

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