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The Mayor Effect: Female Municipal Employment Under Islamist Political Rule

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  • Gozde Corekcioglu

    () (European University Institute)

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Do religiously conservative governments enact policies that limit opportunities for women? This study addresses this general question in a specific context: whether pro-Islamist politicians’ preferences for traditional gender roles translate into discriminatory employment practices in Turkish municipalities. I combine data from 2009 municipal elections with a unique dataset of municipal personnel. Comparing close races for the mayor, who appoints municipal personnel, I find no evidence of gender bias with mayors from the pro-Islamist party. Conditioning on the type of incumbent, I find that the share of females among white-collars decreases in municipalities where a pro-Islamist mayor replaced a secular mayor.

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  • Gozde Corekcioglu, 2016. "The Mayor Effect: Female Municipal Employment Under Islamist Political Rule," Koç University-TUSIAD Economic Research Forum Working Papers 1613, Koc University-TUSIAD Economic Research Forum.
  • Handle: RePEc:koc:wpaper:1613
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    Keywords

    Political Islam; Regression Discontinuity; Female Employment; Discrimination; Turkey.;

    JEL classification:

    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • H75 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing

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