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Women and Budget Deficits

Signe Krogstrup and Sébastien Wälti ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Sébastien Waelti ()

No 13-2007, IHEID Working Papers from Economics Section, The Graduate Institute of International Studies

Abstract: If women have different economic preferences than men, then female economic and political empowerment is likely to change policy and household decisions, and in turn macroeconomic outcomes. We test the hypothesis that female enfranchisement leads to lower government budget deficits due gender differences in preferences over fiscal outcomes. Estimating the impact of women's vote on budget deficits in a differences-in-differences regression for Swiss cantonal panel data, we find that including women in the electorate reduces average per capita budget deficits by a statistically significant amount.

Keywords: Budget deficits; Economics-of-gender; enfranchisement; fiscal policy; women; time preference; altruism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D7 E6 H6 J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 28
Date: 2007-04, Revised 2007-04
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-mac, nep-pbe and nep-pol
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