Female Policymakers and Educational Expenditures: Cross-Country Evidence

30 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2008 Last revised: 29 Aug 2008

Li-Ju Chen

Stockholm University - Department of Economics

Date Written: August 27, 2008

Abstract

This paper investigates the influence of women's participation in politics on decision making. I take public educational expenditures as the outcome of interest. The results suggest that an increase by one percentage point in the share of female legislators increases by 0.034 percentage points the ratio of educational expenditures to GDP. Moreover, one percentage point increases in the fraction of female legislators would lead to an estimated 0.54% rise in educational expenditures per capita. The positive effect of female legislators on educational policies is strengthened by forms of government. This study also supports the hypothesis that the identity of legislator matters for policy.

Keywords: education, female legislator, political economy

JEL Classification: D78, H52, J16

Suggested Citation

Chen, Li-Ju, Female Policymakers and Educational Expenditures: Cross-Country Evidence (August 27, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1117552 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1117552

Li-Ju Chen (Contact Author)

Stockholm University - Department of Economics ( email )

SE-106 91
Stockholm
Sweden

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