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Public expenditure choices and gender quotas

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  • Indira Rajaraman

Purpose - This paper aims to be nested in the empirical literature examining the impact of gender quotas for elected posts to local government councils ( Design/methodology/approach - The model is tested on field survey data from a sample of 776 Findings - For the region surveyed, a higher probability of expenditure on waterworks is found in the presence of key variables that explain the incidence of water-borne diseases like cholera and diarrhea, as ascertained from a separate set of specifications. The gender of the head is statistically insignificant. Thus, in the region studies, gender of the head is trumped by economic fundamentals in expenditure choices, but this leaves open the possibility that the (uniform) gender quotas at membership level may have been what aligned choices with fundamentals. Originality/value - The key message of this paper is that the citizen candidate framework does not point to unique outcomes where public choice emerges from multi-member councils. Following from this, any finding on the impact of a gender quota at the level of head will necessarily be context-specific, and cannot become the basis for generalized expectations.

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Article provided by Emerald Group Publishing in its journal Indian Growth and Development Review.

Volume (Year): 5 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (September)
Pages: 108-130

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Handle: RePEc:eme:igdrpp:v:5:y:2012:i:2:p:108-130
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