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Women’s Political Reservation, Early Childhood Development, and Learning in India

Yuvraj Pathak and Karen Macours
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Yuvraj Pathak: University of Chicago

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Abstract: This paper analyzes the long-term impacts of reservation of local political seats for women on children's learning and nutritional outcomes in rural Andhra Pradesh. Using the random rotation of seats reserved for women over different election cycles, and three rounds of a panel dataset, we analyze the impact of exposure to political reservation during critical periods in early childhood. The paper shows that the reservation policy for female leaders had the largest impact on learning outcomes in primary school when children were exposed to reservation in utero and very early in life.

Keywords: Nutrition (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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Published in Economic Development and Cultural Change, 2017, 65 (4), pp.741-766. ⟨10.1086/692114⟩

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