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Female Ministers, Governance and Reforms

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  • Tom Coupe

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    (Kyiv School of Economics, Kyiv Economic Institute)

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In this paper, we test whether the gender composition of government affects the quality of governance and reform efforts, thus connecting the literature that documents the effects of gender on decision making to the literature on the determinants of reforms. We find that countries with a higher share of female ministers and a higher share of female MPs tend to score somewhat better in terms of regulatory quality and government effectiveness, and in terms of reforms in these areas, but also that tackling possible endogeneity shows most of these effects to be insignificant. Our results thus do not provide support for the claim that ‘conducting reforms is not women’s business’, they rather suggest that reform is as much women’s business as it is men’s business.

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Paper provided by Kyiv School of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 34.

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Keywords: female ministers; gender; governance; reforms;

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  1. Dollar, David & Fisman, Raymond & Gatti, Roberta, 2001. "Are women really the "fairer" sex? Corruption and women in government," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 46(4), pages 423-429, December.
  2. Nauro F. Campos & Roman Horvath, 2009. "Reform Redux: Measurement, Determinants and Reversals," Working Papers, Czech National Bank, Research Department 2009/6, Czech National Bank, Research Department.
  3. Muravyev, Alexander & Talavera, Oleksandr & Schäfer, Dorothea, 2009. "Entrepreneurs' gender and financial constraints: Evidence from international data," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 37(2), pages 270-286, June.
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  1. Are Female Ministers Bad for Reforms?
    by Ariel Goldring in Free Market Mojo on 2010-08-12 13:26:50

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