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How Do Female Spouses’ Political Interests Affect Male Spouses’ Views About a Women’s Issue?

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This paper explores how the degree of female spouses’ political interest affects male spouses’ views about women’s empowerment using individual level data in Japan. Controlling for unobserved area-specific fixed effects, results show that males are likely to consider women’s empowerment important if their spouses are interested in politics. This spouse effect is observed for conservative males but not for progressive-neutral males. Results were unchanged when the endogeneity bias caused by spouses’ political interests were controlled for. These findings suggest that female family members’ political interests and views play an important role in determining male views regarding women’s issues. Copyright International Atlantic Economic Society 2010

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  • Eiji Yamamura, 2010. "How Do Female Spouses’ Political Interests Affect Male Spouses’ Views About a Women’s Issue?," Atlantic Economic Journal, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 38(3), pages 359-370, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:atlecj:v:38:y:2010:i:3:p:359-370
    DOI: 10.1007/s11293-010-9238-y
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    1. Yamamura, Eiji, 2013. "Externality of young children on parents’ watching of anime: Evidence from Japanese micro data," MPRA Paper 46878, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Eiji Yamamura, 2014. "The effect of young children on their parents’ anime-viewing habits: evidence from Japanese microdata," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer;The Association for Cultural Economics International, vol. 38(4), pages 331-349, November.

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    Keywords

    Spouse; Political opinion; Women’s empowerment; D72; D83; J12; J16;

    JEL classification:

    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination

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