Are Female Politicians More Responsive to International Crises?

10 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2014  

Daniel L. Hicks

University of Oklahoma - Department of Economics

Joan Hicks

University of California, Berkeley - Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA)

Beatriz Maldonado

College of Charleston - Department of Economics; College of Charleston - International and Intercultural Studies Program

Date Written: July 11, 2014

Abstract

This paper analyzes bilateral foreign aid flows over the period 1973-2010 to investigate whether the gender composition of legislatures in donor nations affects the aid response to recipient country crises. Our findings suggest that donors with higher shares of women in office provide larger amounts of foreign aid in the wake of a disaster or war in a recipient nation. This response increases in size with the magnitude of the crisis, and is especially pronounced for aid flows designated as disaster relief.

Keywords: Female Leaders, Foreign Aid, Disasters, Conflict

JEL Classification: F35, H84, J16, D70

Suggested Citation

Hicks, Daniel L. and Hicks, Joan and Maldonado, Beatriz, Are Female Politicians More Responsive to International Crises? (July 11, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2465137 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2465137

Daniel Lee Hicks (Contact Author)

University of Oklahoma - Department of Economics ( email )

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Norman, OK 73019-2103
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Joan Hicks

University of California, Berkeley - Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) ( email )

207 Giannini Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-3310
United States

Beatriz Maldonado

College of Charleston - Department of Economics ( email )

66 George St.
Charleston, SC South Carolina 29424
United States

College of Charleston - International and Intercultural Studies Program ( email )

66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
United States

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