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Historic sex-ratio imbalances predict female participation in the political market

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  • Iris Grant
  • Iris Kesternich
  • Carina Steckenleiter
  • Joachim Winter

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We analyze the long-term effects of gender imbalances on female labor force participation, in particular in the politician market, exploiting variation in sex ratios across Germany induced by WWII. In the 1990 elections, women were more likely to run for office in constituencies that had relatively fewer men in 1946.

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  • Iris Grant & Iris Kesternich & Carina Steckenleiter & Joachim Winter, 2017. " Historic sex-ratio imbalances predict female participation in the political market," Working Papers Department of Economics 565080, KU Leuven, Faculty of Economics and Business, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ete:ceswps:565080
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