Migration-Induced Transfers of Norms: The Case of Female Political Empowerment

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Elisabetta Lodigiani

Ca Foscari University of Venice; University of Milan; University of Milan - Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano (LdA)

Sara Salomone

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL); University of Rome Tor Vergata

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Date Written: September 17, 2012

Abstract

It is recognized that affirmative action, as anti-discriminatory policies whose aim is to benefit an underrepresented group, is a key driver of progress for women. However, the role of migrants in helping female voice from abroad has not been addressed yet. This paper empirically investigates the effect of international migration on the parliamentary participation of women left behind following the brand new strand of literature on ‘transfers of norms.’ Panel data from 1960 to 2000 allows us to take into account selection due to women’s eligibility, observed and unobserved heterogeneity. After having controlled for traditional political and non political factors, we show that total international migration to countries with higher female political empowerment significantly increases the female parliamentary shares in sending countries.

Keywords: International Migration, Gender Discrimination, Panel Data, Sample Selection

JEL Classification: J16, D72, F22, C33

Suggested Citation

Lodigiani, Elisabetta and Salomone, Sara, Migration-Induced Transfers of Norms: The Case of Female Political Empowerment (September 17, 2012). Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano Development Studies Working Paper No. 343. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2214978 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2214978

Elisabetta Lodigiani (Contact Author)

Ca Foscari University of Venice ( email )

Dorsoduro 3246
Venice, Veneto 30123
Italy

University of Milan ( email )

Via Festa del Perdono, 7
Milan, 20122
Italy

University of Milan - Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano (LdA)

Via P. Amedeo 34
Milano, Mi 20122
Italy

Sara Salomone

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) ( email )

Place Montesquieu, 3
Louvain-la-Neuve, 1348
Belgium

University of Rome Tor Vergata

Via di Tor Vergata
Rome, Lazio 00173
Italy

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