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Female Socialization How Daughters Affect Their Legislator Fathers' Voting on Women's Issues

  • Washington, Ebonya

    (Yale U)

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    Parenting daughters, sociologists have shown, increases feminist sympathies. I test the hypothesis that children, much like neighbors or peers, can influence parental behavior. I demonstrate that conditional on total number of children, each daughter increases a congress person's propensity to vote liberally, particularly on reproductive rights issues. The results identify an important (and previously omitted) explanatory variable in the literature on congressional decision making. Additionally the paper highlights the relevance of child to parent behavioral influence.

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    Paper provided by Yale University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 15.

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    Date of creation: May 2007
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