EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Slave Trades, Kinship Structures and Women Political Participation in Africa

Leone Walters (), Carolyn Chisadza and Matthew Clance ()
Additional contact information
Leone Walters: Department of Economics, University of Pretoria, Private Bag X20, Hatfield 0028, South Africa

No 202156, Working Papers from University of Pretoria, Department of Economics

Abstract: We study whether present-day women political participation in sub-Saharan Africa can be linked to the temporary gender ratio imbalances caused by the transatlantic and Indian Ocean slave trades, taking into account pre-existing gender norms influenced by kinship structures. Using individual-level data for 29 sub-Saharan African countries from the latest Afrobarometer surveys, ethnic region kinship and slave trade data, we find that a woman's ethnic region exposure to the transatlantic slave trade is associated with an increase in her likelihood to vote, however, only in non-patrilineal ethnic regions. This effect is mitigated in patrilineal ethnic regions, where women have less decision-making power. This paper contributes to the literature on the contemporary sub-national effects of the slave trades and the historical causes of gender gaps in political participation.

Keywords: Slave Trade; Gender; Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 34 pages
Date: 2021-08
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dev, nep-evo, nep-gro, nep-his, nep-isf and nep-soc
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.up.ac.za/media/shared/61/WP/wp_2021_56.zp208197.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:pre:wpaper:202156

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Working Papers from University of Pretoria, Department of Economics Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Rangan Gupta ().

 
Page updated 2023-02-04
Handle: RePEc:pre:wpaper:202156