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  • Sébastien Wälti

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    (Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin)

  • Signe Krogstrup

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    (Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva)

Abstract

If women have different economic preferences than men, then female economic and political empowerment is likely to change policy and household decisions, and in turn macroeconomic outcomes. We test the hypothesis that female enfranchisement leads to lower government budget deficits due gender differences in preferences over fiscal outcomes. Estimating the impact of women’s vote on budget deficits in a differences-in-differences regression for Swiss cantonal panel data, we find that including women in the electorate reduces average per capita budget deficits by a statistically significant amount.

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Paper provided by Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics in its series Trinity Economics Papers with number tep0307.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2006
Date of revision: Apr 2007
Handle: RePEc:tcd:tcduee:tep0307

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Keywords: Fiscal policy; budget deficit; enfranchisement; median voter; gender;

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  1. Bertocchi, Graziella, 2007. "The Enfranchisement of Women and the Welfare State," CEPR Discussion Papers 6396, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Signe Krogstrup & Sébastien Wälti, 2007. "Do fiscal rules cause budgetary outcomes?," IHEID Working Papers 15-2007, Economics Section, The Graduate Institute of International Studies, revised May 2007.

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