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Female Parliamentarians and Economic Growth: Evidence from a Large Panel

Development Policy Centre Discussion Paper No. 18

10 Pages Posted: 26 May 2012 Last revised: 19 Jul 2012

Dinuk Jayasuriya

Australian National University (ANU) - Development Policy Centre

Paul J. Burke

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

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Date Written: May 1, 2012

Abstract

This article investigates whether female political representation affects economic growth. Panel estimates for 119 democracies using fixed effects specifications and a system generalized method of moments approach suggest that, over recent decades, countries with higher shares of women in parliament have had faster growing economies.

Keywords: Gender, Economic growth, Female representation, Parliament

JEL Classification: D72, J16, O11, O43

Suggested Citation

Jayasuriya, Dinuk and Burke, Paul J., Female Parliamentarians and Economic Growth: Evidence from a Large Panel (May 1, 2012). Development Policy Centre Discussion Paper No. 18. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2066266 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2066266

Dinuk Jayasuriya (Contact Author)

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Paul J. Burke

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy ( email )

7 Liversidge Street
Lennox Crossing
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory ACT 0200
Australia

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