Women legislators and economic performance / Thushyanthan Baskaran (University of Siegen), Sonia Bhalotra (University of Essex and IZA), Brian Min (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), Yogesh Uppal (Youngstown State University) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserBaskaran, Thushyanthan ; Bhalotra, Sonia R. ; Min, Brian ; Uppal, Yogesh
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, June 2018
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 11596
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There has been a phenomenal global increase in the proportion of women in politics in the last two decades, but there is no evidence of how this influences economic performance. We investigate this using data on competitive elections to India's state assemblies, leveraging close elections to isolate causal effects. We find significantly higher growth in economic activity in constituencies that elect women and no evidence of negative spillovers to neighbouring male-led constituencies, consistent with net growth. Probing mechanisms, we find that women legislators are less likely to be criminal and corrupt, more efficacious, and less vulnerable to political opportunism.