Research Papers in Economics, Department of Economics, Stockholm University
Female Policymaker and Educational Expenditure: Cross-Country Evidence
Abstract: 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.
Keywords: Education; female legislator; political economy; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: D78; H52; J16; (follow links to similar papers)
26 pages, February 27, 2008, Revised January 11, 2009
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