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Female Political Representation and Violence Against Women: Evidence from Brazil

Magdalena Delaporte and Francisco Pino

Working Papers from University of Chile, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper studies the effect of female political representation on violence against women. Using a Regression Discontinuity design for close mayoral elections between female and male candidates in Brazil, we find that electing female mayors leads to a reduction in episodes of gender violence. The effect is particularly strong when focusing on incidents of domestic violence, when the aggressor is the ex-husband/boyfriend, and when victims experienced sexual violence. The evidence suggests that female mayors might implement different policies from male mayors and therefore contribute to reduce gender violence.

Pages: 43 pages
Date: 2022-05
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dev, nep-gen, nep-lam and nep-pol
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