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No 2008:1:
Female Policymaker and Educational Expenditure: Cross-Country Evidence

Li-Ju Chen ()

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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