Research Papers in Economics, Department of Economics, Stockholm University
Femal Representation - Is it Important for Policy Decisions?
Abstract: This paper studies whether the degree of female
representation in Swedish local councils
affects local public
expenditure patterns. Theoretically, the individual preferences of elected
representatives may impact public expenditure if full policy commitment
is not feasible. To
empirically address the question I first analyze
the preferences expressed by elected local
using survey data. This permits me to make precise predictions about
the effects of female representation on spending. The subsequent panel
study on the
composition of public spending in Swedish municipalities
supports the predictions derived
from the survey.
Keywords: Political representation; Local public expenditure; Gender; Survey data; Panel data; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: C23; C25; D78; H40; J16; (follow links to similar papers)
34 pages, March 13, 2002
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