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Female Policymaker and Educational Expenditure: Cross-Country Evidence


  • Chen, Li-Ju

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This paper investigates the influence of women in politics on decision-making using public educational expenditures as the outcome of interest. The results suggest that an increase in the share of female legislators by one percentage point increases the ratio of educational expenditures to GDP by 0.028 percentage points. I then consider some contexts, on which the influence of female legislators may depend. The effect of female legislators on educational policies is strengthened accounting for forms of government, but not influenced by left-wing government, electoral rules, parliamentary system and non-marriage. Moreover, this study supports the hypothesis that the identity of the legislator matters for policy.

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  • Chen, Li-Ju, 2008. "Female Policymaker and Educational Expenditure: Cross-Country Evidence," Research Papers in Economics 2008:1, Stockholm University, Department of Economics, revised 11 Jan 2009.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:sunrpe:2008_0001

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    Education; female legislator; political economy;

    JEL classification:

    • D78 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Positive Analysis of Policy Formulation and Implementation
    • H52 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Education
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination

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