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What Happens When a Woman Wins an Election? Evidence from Close Races in Brazil

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  • Brollo, Fernanda

    (University of Warwick)

  • Troiano, Ugo

    (University of Michigan)

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This paper analyzes the e ect of the gender of local policymakers on policy outcomes. Analyzing a rich dataset from Brazilian municipalities and using a regression discon- tinuity design, we nd that municipalities ruled by female mayors have better health outcomes, receive more federal discretionary transfers, and have lower corruption. Addi- tionally, male mayors hire more temporary public employees than their female counter- parts when they are allowed to run for re-election, and when municipal elections are approaching. These ndings suggest that male mayors may promote more political pa- tronage than female mayors and that men and women may respond di erently to local election incentives.

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Paper provided by Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) in its series CAGE Online Working Paper Series with number 161.

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