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The Power of Political Voice: Women’s Political Representation and Crime in India


Lakshmi Iyer


Harvard Business School - Business, Government and the International Economy Unit

Anandi Mani


University of Warwick

Prachi Mishra


International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Research Department

Petia B. Topalova


International Monetary Fund (IMF)

July 29, 2011

Harvard Business School BGIE Unit Working Paper No. 11-092

Abstract:     
Using state-level variation in the timing of political reforms, we find that an increase in female representation in local government induces a large and significant rise in documented crimes against women in India. Our evidence suggests that this increase is good news, driven primarily by greater reporting rather than greater incidence of such crimes. In contrast, we find no increase in crimes against men or gender-neutral crimes. We also examine the effectiveness of alternative forms of political representation: large scale membership of women in local councils affects crime against them more than their presence in higher level leadership positions.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 53

Keywords: crime, women’s empowerment, minority representation, voice

JEL Classification: J12, J15, J16, P16

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Date posted: March 9, 2011 ; Last revised: August 1, 2011

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Iyer, Lakshmi and Mani, Anandi and Mishra, Prachi and Topalova, Petia B., The Power of Political Voice: Women’s Political Representation and Crime in India (July 29, 2011). Harvard Business School BGIE Unit Working Paper No. 11-092. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1780248 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1780248

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Lakshmi Iyer (Contact Author)
Harvard Business School - Business, Government and the International Economy Unit ( email )
Cambridge, MA
United States
Anandi Mani
University of Warwick ( email )
Gibbet Hill Rd.
Coventry, West Midlands CV4 8UW
United Kingdom
Prachi Mishra
International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Research Department ( email )
700 19th Street NW
Washington, DC 20431
United States
Petia B. Topalova
International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )
700 19th Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20431
United States
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