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Female Policymaker and Educational Expenditure: Cross-Country Evidence

Chen Li-Ju ()

No 2008:1, Research Papers in Economics from Stockholm University, Department of Economics

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 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D78 H52 J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26 pages
Date: 2008-02-27, Revised 2009-01-11
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