Female Policymaker and Educational Expenditure: Cross-Country Evidence
AbstractThis 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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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Stockholm University, Department of Economics in its series Research Papers in Economics with number 2008:1.
Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 27 Feb 2008
Date of revision: 11 Jan 2009
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Education; female legislator; political economy;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- D78 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Positive Analysis of Policy Formulation and Implementation
- H52 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Education
- J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2008-03-01 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2008-03-01 (Education)
- NEP-LAB-2008-03-01 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-POL-2008-03-01 (Positive Political Economics)
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