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Migration-Induced Transfers of Norms. The Case of Femal Political Empowerment

Elisabetta Lodigiani () and Sara Salomone ()

No 343, Development Working Papers from Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano, University of Milano

Abstract: It is recognized that affirmative action, as anti-discriminatory policies whose aim is to benefit an underrepresented group, is a key driver of progress for women. However, the role of migrants in helping female voice from abroad has not been addressed yet. This paper empirically investigates the effect of international migration on the parliamentary participation of women left behind following the brand new strand of literature on ‘transfers of norms’. Panel data from 1960 to 2000 allows us to take into account selection due to women’s eligibility, observed and unobserved heterogeneity. After having controlled for traditional political and non political factors, we show that total international migration to countries with higher female political empowerment significantly increases the female parliamentary shares in sending countries.

Keywords: International Migration; Gender Discrimination; Panel Data; Sample Selection (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J16 D72 F22 C33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 37
Date: 2012-11-13, Revised 2012-11-13
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