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Migration-induced Transfers of Norms. The Case of Female Political Empowerment

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  • Elisabetta Lodigiani
  • Sara Salomone

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It is recognized that affirmative action, as anti-discriminatory policies whose aim is to benefit an underrepresented group, is a key driver of progress for women. However, the role of migrants in helping female voice from abroad has not been addressed yet. This paper empirically investigates the effect of international migration on the parliamentary participation of women left behind following the brand new strand of literature on 'transfers of norms'. Panel data from 1960 to 2000 allows us to take into account selection due to women's eligibility, observed and unobserved heterogeneity. After having controlled for traditional political and non political factors, we show that total international migration to countries with higher female political empowerment significantly increases the female parliamentary shares in sending countries.

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Paper provided by DEGIT, Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade in its series DEGIT Conference Papers with number c017_058.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2012
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Handle: RePEc:deg:conpap:c017_058

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Keywords: International Migration; Gender Discrimination; Panel Data; Sample Selection;

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