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Female Policymaker and Educational Expenditure: Cross-Country Evidence

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  • Chen, Li-Ju

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    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm University)

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    This paper investigates the influence of women in politics on decision-making using public educational expenditures as the outcome of interest. The results suggest that an increase in the share of female legislators by one percentage point increases the ratio of educational expenditures to GDP by 0.028 percentage points. I then consider some contexts, on which the influence of female legislators may depend. The effect of female legislators on educational policies is strengthened accounting for forms of government, but not influenced by left-wing government, electoral rules, parliamentary system and non-marriage. Moreover, this study supports the hypothesis that the identity of the legislator matters for policy.

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    Paper provided by Stockholm University, Department of Economics in its series Research Papers in Economics with number 2008:1.

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    Length: 26 pages
    Date of creation: 27 Feb 2008
    Date of revision: 11 Jan 2009
    Handle: RePEc:hhs:sunrpe:2008_0001

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    Keywords: Education; female legislator; political economy;

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