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Department of Economics, Stockholm University Research Papers in Economics, Department of Economics, Stockholm University

No 2002:7:
Femal Representation - Is it Important for Policy Decisions?

Helena Svaleryd

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

council representatives 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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