Empowering Women: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Afghanistan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Institute of Political Economy and Governance; ICREA; Universitat Pompeu Fabra; New Economic School; Barcelona GSE
November 1, 2012
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6269
In societies with widespread gender discrimination, development programs that encourage female participation in local governance can potentially redress gender imbalances in economic, political, and social outcomes. Using a randomized field experiment encompassing 500 Afghan villages, this study finds that a development program which incorporates mandated female participation increases female mobility and involvement in income generation, but does not change female roles in family decision-making or attitudes toward the general role of women in society.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 41
Keywords: Gender and Law, Gender and Health, Housing & Human Habitats, Anthropology, Gender and Development
Date posted: November 21, 2012
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