Papa Does Preach: Daughters and Polarisation of Attitudes toward Abortion
Clementine van Effenterre ()
No 11177, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)
This article examines the hypothesis that having daughters polarises male politicians' attitudes toward abortion rights. Using French and U.S voting records, I estimate that having daughters decreases support for abortion law by 25% for right-wing congressmen in France, and increases support for Democrats by 12%. I find similar behavioural patterns for voters using electoral surveys. Robustness checks confirm that this result is not an artefact of family stopping rules. I rationalise these findings in a model predicting that fathers with paternalistic preferences adopt a more polarised political position on abortion when they have a daughter rather than a son.
Keywords: political behaviour; gender; polarisation; voting; attitudes; abortion (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 D83 J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 63 pages
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Published - published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2020, 179, 188-201
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